BREAKING: 500,000 Children Displaced in Idlib, 7 Children Dead From Cold In Past Month, Worst Since Start of War

The intense military campaign in North Western Syria has displaced over 900,000 people since December, including an estimated 500,000 children. Freezing weather and a lack of adequate shelter have killed seven children, including one 7 month old child.  From February 1-16, at least 35 children were killed by airstrikes and ground based attacks in North Western Syria. 
 
Since December, 72 hospitals, primary healthcare centers, medical facilities and mobile clinics have suspended operations because of targeted airstrikes impacting hundreds of thousands of civilians. This impacts 200 doctors, 300 nurses and 50 midwives. In Atareb and Idlib city, maternal and childcare treatments have stopped functioning.  For the few facilities that are operational, staff are working 18 hour days and are running critically low on medical supplies and medicines. Please click here to read the full press release.
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BREAKING: Two Hospitals Bombed in Aleppo, Syria Including Maternity Hospital; Last in Western Aleppo

At approximately 11:55 am Damascus time on February 17, two hospitals were hit by airstrikes in Darat Izza, Aleppo in Syria.  The Al Kinana Hospital in Darat Izza was hit by airstrikes and sustained significant damage. The Al Fardous Maternity & Children’s Hospital in Darat Izza was also hit by an airstrike and sustained significant damage. Two staff were injured and no fatalities were reported. Al Fardous Hospital supported a population of more than 300,000 people.  The two hospitals were the last operational hospitals in Western Aleppo. Since April 2019, there have been at least 78 attacks on medical facilities in Syria. 
 
In the last five days, over 250,000 people have been newly displaced by violence and over 900,000 people have been displaced since December, of which, 75% are women and children. The World Food Program, which thousands of people depend on, was not able to complete food deliveries this week because of the escalated violence. Please click here to read the full press release.
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BREAKING: Three Medical Staff Killed Including UOSSM Driver in Targeted Attack on Ambulance in Idlib, Syria

Three medical staff were killed in a targeted attack on an ambulance on February 6, 2020 at 8 pm Damascus time, as they were headed to provide emergency services to victims of airstrikes in Idlib City. Abdul Rahman Hilal, a UOSSM driver was among those killed as he was on his way to provide life saving services. At least three other civilians were killed in the attack and six were wounded. Please click here to read the full  press release.

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BREAKING: Four Medical Facilities Attacked Within 24 Hours in Idlib, Syria, Exodus Continues

Four medical facilities were attacked within 24 hours in Idlib, Syria further crippling a devastated health care system in Idlib. Today, at 5:40 pm Damascus time Al Hikma Hospital in Taftanaz Idlib was targeted by a barrel bomb 50 meters from the hospital causing damage and putting the hospital out of service. No casualties were reported. The hospital, supported by UOSSM, was operating on an emergency only basis and provided services to over 4800 patients in January.
Today, at 11:35 am Damascus time, Al Nour Hospital in Taftanaz was damaged from bombings around 300 meters away. The hospital sustained minor damages and was put out of service. The same hospital was damaged on Tuesday at 12:25 am Damascus time, by an indirect attack. Please click here to read the full press release.
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BREAKING: Hospital Bombed, 80K Displaced in 48 hours, Hyperinflation in Syria

On January 29, 2020 at 22:40 Damascus time, multiple airstrikes hit Al Shami Surgical Hospital in Ariha, Idlib injuring four nurses, the director of the facility and an administrator (in critical condition).  At least six people were killed as they waited outside the hospital.The hospital was heavily damaged and put out of service. Since April 2019, there have been at least 74 attacks on medical facilities.  In the past 48 hours, over 80,000 civilians have been displaced from Ariha and Saraqeb, fleeing heavy airstrikes on civilian areas.  Since January 1, at least 138 civilians have been killed.

According to OHCHR monitoring, from January 15 to 23, OCHR confirmed incidents in which at least 81 civilians including 13 women, 14 girls and 20 boys were killed as a result of airstrikes and ground operations. Of these, eight civilians including four women and two boys were killed in Aleppo city and 44 civilians including seven women, 13 girls and 11 boys were killed in western rural Aleppo alone – more than 50% of the total.
From December 1, 2019 to January 27, 2020, the UN reported nearly 390,000 people were displaced. Given the challenges in collecting data in active conflict, UOSSM estimates the number of internally displaced to be significantly higher. Roughly 80% were women and children, and were displaced mostly from large population centers such as Saraqeb and Maarat Al Nouman, as well as smaller towns and villages in southern Idlib. Many have been displaced multiple times, increasing their vulnerability and inability to cope.

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BREAKING: Aid Agency Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster; 35 Killed Yesterday By Airstrikes In Syria

UOSSM denounces the airstrikes on civilian areas of Idlib and Aleppo yesterday, January 21, within the de-escalation zone. The attack killed at least 35 civilians and injured countless more. Today, the airstrikes continued leveling areas of Maarat Al Nouman and Aleppo. In the past 10 days, 73 civilians were killed including 27 children and at least 11,700 families have been displaced. Please click here to read the full press release.

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BREAKING: Crowded Market Hit By Airstrike in Idlib City, Syria; 19 Dead, 65 Injured

On January 15 at 2:06 pm Damascus time, a massive airstrike hit the crowded Al-Hal Market in Idlib City, Syria killing at least 19 and injuring at least 65 civilians, including many women and children. This new military campaign on Idlib City, which started last week, poses the greatest threat to millions of civilians since the start of the conflict. 
Last year, the UN counted 82 attacks on medical centers, leaving the medical infrastructure decimated in Idlib and unable to handle another escalation of violence.  The winter weather in Idlib is currently near freezing temperatures and rainy, exposing hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people to the harsh conditions without adequate shelter. Please click here to read the full press release. 
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UOSSM Meets With President Emmanuel Macron About The Humanitarian Disaster In Idlib, Syria

UOSSM was received on January 8, 2020 at the Élysée Palace by President Emmanuel Macron, along with 15 other humanitarian organizations operating in Syria. 
Dr. Ziad Alissa, President of UOSSM France and Professor Raphael Pitti, UOSSM Training Manager & Board Member, discussed the tremendous suffering of the people in Idlib and the immediate need for bold action. Please click here to read the full press release.
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BREAKING: Humanitarian Catastrophe In Maarat Al Nouman, Syria; At Least 38 Dead, Hundreds Injured

A week of relentless airstrikes, barrel bomb attacks and artillery strikes have devastated Maarat Al Nouman and the South Eastern Idlib countryside in Syria. At least 38 civilians were killed this week including eight women and seven children.  Hundreds more have been wounded and the casualty count is expected to rise significantly.  In the past week, at least 60,000 civilians were internally displaced and face harsh conditions during the start of winter.  Medical facilities, already crippled by a year of attacks, are struggling to deal with the influx of wounded victims. At least 68 medical facilities have been attacked since April 2019. Please click here to read the full press release.

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BREAKING: Second Hospital Bombed in One Week in Syria

A second hospital was attacked in Idlib, Syria yesterday. Al Rawda Hospital in Kafranbel, Idlib was bombed in a targeted attack on November 26, at approximately 7:39 p.m. Damascus time. The hospital was damaged and put out of service. No casualties were reported since the hospital was evacuated earlier. Please click here to read the full press release.



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