Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?

The Politicus
Mar 09, 2022 07:54 PM 0 Answers
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Very recently, on 8th March 2022, Russia allegedly has bombed a Ukrainian children’s hospital in Mariupol, as reported by among others CNN and BBC.

There have been similar incidents in the past: USA bombed a hospital in Kunduz in 2012 and in Mosul in 2003. Israel too has bombed a hospital in 2021.

Why would countries in similar situations do that? Is it simply a mistake? Or what would the attacker hope to gain by an action that would presumably be condemned by many other countries in the world?

It seems to increase the chance of other countries actually getting involved, which seems like an escalation. Surely the hospital bombing country realizes actions like this make it harder to stand on the sidelines?

If there are different reasons, is there a way to find out what the reason of the recent alleged Russian airstrike was?

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