The first airstrike hitting at 9:02 on the morning of Feb. 15. As rescue teams dashed to the scene, warplanes circled back for a “double tap, ” pummeling the isolated hospital in northwestern Syria a second time, minutes later. And a third. And a fourth.

Twenty-five people succumbed, including nine health care workers and five children. Staff and volunteers who survived the onslaught at the Doctors Without Borders-supported facility rushed victims to the next closest emergency center in a nearby township. The bombs followed.

It’s an utterly grim and tragic irony: Hospitals are now among the most dangerous places in Syria. There have been 252 assaults on Syrian health care centers in 2016 in so far, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, a nonprofit organization. Countless humen, women and children suffering from injury or illness in the war-torn country have jeopardized their lives simply by attempting therapy. Many of the brave doctors who voluntarily walk into hospitals to help those in need dismally aware of the grave personal hazard never come back out.

“Perhaps one of the defining facets of the conflict since its outset has been making attacks on medical care a part of the war strategy, ” Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders’ U.S. branch, told The WorldPost. “In this day and age,[ going to a hospital in Syria] is a very risky endeavor, ” Cone added. “Some of our colleagues in Syria have reported that people don’t want to stay in the hospital for any longer than they have to. Many seek to be discharged before their treatment is completed because they don’t feeling safe in hospitals.”

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A rescue worker searchesthe debris of a collapsed hospital in Idlib Province on Feb. 15, 2016.