On April 29, 2016, Toronto - On April 29, at 12:30 PM, Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes bombed the Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre, a medical facility supported by UOSSM-Canada, a Canadian non-profit.
UOSSM-Canada has sent millions of dollars worth of medical supplies to this and many other medical facilities in Syria over the past two years.
The Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre was completely destroyed and marks the second bombing of a civilian hospital in three days. Medical facilities have been prime targets amid the fierce airstrikes in Aleppo.
The Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre opened in 2014 and served internally displaced people regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. The centre performed 46,338 consultations since 2014, with 82% of patients being women and children. UOSSM-Canada & Oakville Surgeon Dr. Anas Al Kassem helped to operate and support this clinic.
"The targeting of health centres and hospitals is a war crime. We strongly condemn these actions and ask the international community to act and protect hospitals and aid workers," says Dr. Al Kassem. "It's time the international community took action to stop these crimes against humanity."
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"These attacks are aimed to push people to leave Aleppo. The people are worried about being besieged, being killed by airstrikes. In the past week, the entire internal situation of Aleppo changed - people had begun to recover since the cessation of hostilities, to get their lives back. Suddenly now the situation has changed - food, water, fuel - everything has changed," said SAMS Turkey Advocacy Manager Mohamad Katoub.
"The medical personnel are exhausted and scared. What happened on Wednesday was an unprecedented crime. A dentist and a pediatrician were killed,."said Dr. Osama Abo Al Ezz, SAMS's Aleppo Coordinator and a general surgeon practicing in Aleppo. "Children are being pulled from under the rubble. This is just a glimpse of what's happening here on the ground."
Dr. Mohammed Wasim Moaz, the last remaining pediatrician in eastern Aleppo city and widely considered one of the best pediatricians left in Syria, was killed in the Al Quds attack. Dr. Mohammed Ahmad, one of the ten dentists remaining in eastern Aleppo, was also killed in the airstrikes. Over the past few days, vicious attacks and shelling targeting civilians, hospitals, and aid workers have intensified in eastern Aleppo, resulting in more than 100 casualties. On average, one Syrian has been killed every 25 minutes in the past 48 hours, and UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura has warned of an impending "humanitarian disaster".