Toronto, ON- A massive spike in violence today in the areas of southern Idlib and northern Hama in Syria has left 3 hospitals, 3 ambulance centres and 3 White Helmets facilities out of service. Two paramedics and a female custodian were killed and several others were wounded.
At 11 a.m. Damascus time, the Hand in Hand Hospital (formerly Orient Hospital) in Kafr Nabl was attacked and put out of service. The hospital sustained major damage and people near the hospital were wounded.
Toronto, Canada- UOSSM condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of seven White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) staff In Idlib, Syria. At approximately 5 a.m. Damascus time today, an armed group shot and killed seven members of the White Helmets in their Civil Defense Center in Sarmin. The killers also stole two cars, phones, and walkie talkies among other things from the center.
The Director of the White Helmets said, “Their work solely focused on saving lives of civilians, triaging the wounded, and putting out fires.”
Toronto, ON - UOSSM launches the ‘Syria Solar’ Initiative on May 29, 2017, after 10 weeks of installation and months of testing and monitoring. The 480-panel pilot project is the first of its kind in Syria, and was designed to stabilize electricity in hospitals in Syria. UOSSM installed 480 solar photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 127 kWp DC power, 288 batteries capable of storing 720kWh of power, and advanced data control systems. After six years of conflict, major sections of the electrical grid in Syria were destroyed making hospitals dependent on diesel generators.
Toronto, Canada- The specialized surgical and maternity hospital in Kafr Zeta, Hama, was leveled this weekend after being attacked three times in 24 hours. The first attack happened on Friday April 28 at 4 p.m Damascus time causing damage to the facility and the outpatient clinics. The second attack happened on Saturday April 29 at 8:45 a.m. Damascus time. This attack caused major damage to the emergency department and injured one staff member. The third attack happened at 2 p.m. Damascus time on April 29 and completely destroyed the facility.
Gaziantep, Turkey- On behalf of the largest national medical NGO's in Syria; UOSSM (Union Of Medical Care and Relief Organizations), SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), SBMS (Syrian British Medical Society- UOSSM Member), Syria Relief (UOSSM Member), SHAAM Humanitarian, SIMRO (Sustainable International Medical Relief Organization), IDA (Independent Doctors Association), SEMA (Syrian Expatriate Medical Association), we demand that the United Nations take immediate action to protect medical facilities and civilians in Idlib and all of Syria.