Toronto, ON- A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members. The gas attack killed Dr. Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, while he was in the operating room. Dr. Darwish, aware of the gas that had entered, refused to leave his patient and continued operating until he fell unconscious and succumbed to pulmonary edema.
Toronto, ON- There has been an alarming rise in cases of the measles in Ghouta, Syria. According to EWARN, there have been 121 cases in the past two months, compared to 50 cases in the past two years.
Toronto, ON- Harasta, in Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs was attacked for the third time in ten days with a suspected chemical agent. The two areas are facing fierce bombardment, while running very low on the capacity to provide medical aid, relief and supplies.
Ending Unlawful Attacks; Access to Aid; Detainee Rights; Justice; Security Sector Reform
(Geneva) – Participants in the February 23, 2017, UN-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva should prioritize five key human rights issues during negotiations, 40 human rights and other organizations said today. The priorities are to end unlawful attacks, ensure aid access and safe passage for fleeing civilians, detainee rights, justice, and security sector reform.
Toronto,ON- Six hospitals have been partially put out of service in Daraa in the past week. The violence has rapidly escalated in several areas throughout Daraa since the 5th of February. Area hospitals have been put out of service after being targeted directly and indirectly with some partially operating. Three nurses were wounded in the attacks along with civilians killed. The danger to doctors and medical staff in the area has reached a critical level, endangering the civilian population.