Kafr Zeta Specialized Surgical and Maternity Hospital Leveled to the Ground; Attacks Continue Throughout Syria
The specialized surgical and maternity hospital in Kafr Zeta, Hama,(picture above) was leveled to the ground 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. This attack completely destroyed the facility. No fatalities or injuries were reported as the hospital was evacuated due to earlier attacks. The hospital provided 4,050 consultations, 100 natural birth deliveries, 40 C-sections, 280 major surgeries, and 66 war related trauma cases a month.
Today, at 11 a.m. Damascus time, the Arbeen Surgical Hospital in eastern Ghouta (picture below) was attacked and put out of service after the four-story building next to the hospital collapsed on the facility. Three civilians were killed (two children and a woman) and tens of civilians were wounded. The hospital provided an average of 1,400 consultations and 125 major surgeries a month.
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A joint statement was sent out today 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), demanding immediate action by the United Nations for the systematic and continued targeting of medical facilities in Idlib, and throughout Syria. Eight medical facilities in Idlib were deliberately attacked in April, paralyzing the medical infrastructure and leaving thousands without access to medical care. Numerous other hospitals throughout Syria were also attacked in April.
Today a hospital and a two ambulance systems were attacked, putting them out of service. A total of 14 were killed today, including four paramedics. Please click here to read the full press release.Read more
It was another destructive and bloody day in Syria as two hospitals, and a refugee camp were attacked, leaving thousands in areas subject to daily bombardment, without access to medical care. A hospital in Daraa, the Latamneh Hospital, and the Maartah refugee were all attacked today, killing at least two and wounding at least 37. Please click here to read the full press release.Read more
Kafr Takhareem Hospital was targeted and attacked this morning by three airstrikes at 2 a.m. Damascus time. The hospital was severely damaged and put out of service, two ambulances and a service car were also destroyed. No fatalities or casualties were reported from inside the hospital, but 12 people were killed in separate attacks in the area.
The hospital was a specialty surgical hospital that provided services to over 100,000 people, and provided 1300 consultations, 105 major surgeries, and 18 war related trauma cases per month.
This is the sixth hospital to be attacked in April alone, leaving thousands without access to medical care. Please click here to read the full press release.
The last remaining hospital in the southern suburbs of Idlib and northern region of Hama, was attacked twice and put out of service on Saturday. The cave hospital, which is under 22 feet of rock, was hit at 2:30 p.m. Damascus time by a bunker buster missile and attacked again at 5:15 p.m.. Five people were killed, including a girl, who just had surgery in the morning, her parents, and another patient and companion. Two nurses were wounded, one with a severe spinal injury. Please click here for the full press release.Read more
A Syria Relief child and maternity hospital in Idlib was targeted yesterday at 1:05 p.m. Damascus time, by three airstrikes causing extensive damage to the facility. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported. At least five medical staff were wounded including a gynecologist and an anesthesiologist who were in the middle of an operation when the hospital was attacked. The doctor was able to quickly sew the mother up, and the patient and baby were not harmed in the attack. The hospital was put out of service. Please click here to read the full press release.Read more
UOSSM staff have been working tirelessly to treat 114 people injured from the convoy attack Saturday, in Al Rashideen. 114 of the 273 people injured were transferred to UOSSM’s largest hospital in the North of Syria for emergency care. The transferred patients included over 20 children and 53 women. Five children succumbed to their injuries. UOSSM provided treatment to all patients and referred critical cases to specialized hospitals in Turkey. UOSSM had 10 ambulances dedicated to the evacuation efforts. Several NGO staff were injured by the blast including two UOSSM staff. Please click here to read the full press release.Read more
One nurse was killed, and several staff were wounded yesterday in an attack on a hospital in Dael, Daraa. The hospital was hit by airstrikes at 1:30 a.m. on April 9, 2017, destroying an ambulance, damaging the hospital and putting it out of service. A five day old baby also succumbed to injuries on Friday April 7 after being exposed to a chemical agent attack (chlorine suspected) on Monday, April 3. Please click here to read the full press release.Read more
Today, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Damascus time, warplanes dropped a chemical weapon on the neighborhood of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, killing approximately 100 people, including at least 25 children, and injuring at least 400. Three UOSSM medical staff were affected by the attack, while treating patients, and rushed to the ICU.
Medical facilities are overwhelmed with patients and unequipped to handle chemical attacks of this magnitude. Please click here to read the full press release.