Breaking: Medical System In Idlib Crippled By Attacks, Including Chlorine Gas

Report
from Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations
Published on 05 Feb 2018

Toronto, Ontario- Several medical facilities have been attacked and put out of service since Sunday, causing newborn babies to temporarily suffocate as their incubators lost power.

The attacks left thousands with no access to medical care as Idlib experienced fierce bombardment, including a reported chlorine gas attack. This morning at 9 a.m. Damascus time, the Kafr Nabol Surgical Hospital, in Idlib, was attacked by three air strikes causing major damage and putting it out of service. Several people were injured including a technician and patients.

The hospital served 5,000 beneficiaries and performed approximately 100 surgical operations per month. Last night, at 9 p.m. Damascus time, the Maarat Al Nouman Central Hospital, in Idlib, was attacked by four airstrikes, paralyzing the hospital that was filled with patients and putting it out of service. Several newborn babies were suffocating from the attack after their incubators lost power.

The hospital provided services to approximately 10,000 beneficiaries and provided 400 surgeries a month. Later that night, the Tal Mardeekh Healthcare Center, in Idlib, was attacked and put out of service. In addition, there was a reported chemical attack in Saraqeb, Idlib at 10 p.m. Damascus time. 17 people were injured including three members of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets). Victims at the medical facility reported symptoms consistent with the choking agent chlorine gas, including suffocation, and the smell of chlorine on their clothes. No fatalities were reported. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), seven medical staff were killed, and 30 medical facilities, including nine ambulances were attacked in January 2018. “2018 is proving to be a horrifying year for doctors in Syria. We are averaging almost one attack ever 24 hours. These attacks are clear war crimes and have been going on for the past 6 years. It is truly cruel and despicable that doctors are terrorized while trying to treat the sick and dying. 2018 has also seen the widespread use of chlorine gas against civilians. The world is turning a blind eye to these atrocities, and with that, any hope of justice and decency is lost. " Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Bristol GP

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