Toronto, ON- There was a suspected gas attack today in Douma City, in eastern Ghouta, at 6 a.m. Damascus time. Victims were treated with symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including difficulty breathing, discreet dyspnea, mild exaltation, no change in the iris, and the odor of chlorine on their clothing. Five women and one child were injured, treated, and discharged. One woman required more extensive treatment.
A Syria Civil Defense Center (White Helmets) was also attacked and put out of service in Areeha, Idlib today.
Toronto, ON- The holiday season brought a new wave of attacks on medical facilities throughout Syria. There have been at least 11 separate attacks on medical facilities since December 26, 2017, targeting medical facilities in Idlib, Hama and Eastern Ghouta. In the past 10 days, three paramedics have been killed in Eastern Ghouta and one nurse was killed in Northern Homs. In the strongest terms, UOSSM condemns the targeting of medical facilities/ staff and demands the UN investigate and prosecute perpetrators for war crimes.
The medical evacuation of 29 critical cases was completed yesterday. The medical evacuation lasted for three days. On the first day, four patients were evacuated. On the second day, 12 patients were evacuated and the remaining 13 patients were evacuated yesterday. In total there were 18 children, six women and five men. Two patients originally on the list had already passed away before the evacuation.
Toronto, ON- On December 13 at three a.m., a UOSSM medical point was hit by an airstrike and fully destroyed in the southern Aleppo countryside. No causalities have been reported. The medical point had an emergency department, which provided first aid and minor surgical procedures. The medical point had six staff (nurses, paramedic, ambulance driver) and it's ambulances were supported by the World Health Organization (WHO . In the strongest terms, UOSSM condemns this attack and all attacks on medical facilities in Syria.
Toronto, ON- Doctors and medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta are overwhelmed by the influx of patients wounded and injured by intensifying attacks. Hundreds of airstrikes in civilian areas, including cluster bombs, which are indiscriminate in nature and prohibited by international law, are causing massive civilian casualties.