Bombing of Hospital in Idlib, Syria Leaves 13 Dead and 6 Wounded - UOSSM-CANADA

PRESS RELEASE: Bombing of Hospital in Idlib, Syria Leaves 13 Dead and 6 Wounded

Toronto, On. (August 7, 2016), The Amal Charity Hospital was completely destroyed after being targeted with four airstrikes. 2 directly targeted the hospital and 2 others hit buildings near the hospital on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 2 pm. 4 medical staff and 9 civilians were killed (children among the casualties) and 6 hospital staff were wounded. The strike destroyed 80% of the hospital’s medical equipment and completely destroyed: the operating room, intensive care room, pediatric health care ward, internal care, waiting room, an ambulance and the generator which powered the hospital. The hospital provided free care to a population of 70,000 citizens in the area (Melas) and saw roughly 250 patients a day including many children. The latest attack
has cut free medical services for many people in the area at a time when trauma incidents are skyrocketing.

“43 medical facilities were bombed in the month of July, making it the worst month since the beginning of the conflict. In July many of our (UOSSM) hospitals and clinics have been attacked causing immense suffering to the populations we serve. We plead with the government forces carrying out these air strikes to stop targeting hospitals and nonmilitary targets. I am horrified
by the levels of apathy from the international community to not stop these attacks. Attacking hospitals is a WAR CRIME. This will be remembered as one of humanity’s great moral failures.”

Said Dr. Anas Al Kassem, Chairman of UOSSM Canada / Ontario Surgeon.

Dr. Anas Al Kassem, Head of UOSSM Canada/ Ontario Surgeon is available for interviews,

please contact:

Avi D’Souza Global Director of Communications

UOSSM Canada

Phone: (647) 5285029
Email: press@uossmcanada.org

UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux) Canada provides free medical aid to the people of Syria regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation. UOSSM Canada has sent millions of dollars worth of medical supplies to medical facilities in Syria over the past two years. UOSSM international, started in 2012 and operates 12 major hospitals and supports 120 clinics inside Syria and has performed over 1,000,000 medical treatments since inception.

 

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