BARCELONA/NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 – Two hospitals in eastern Aleppo were severely damaged last night during the ongoing, indiscriminate bombing of the city and have been forced to halt all activities. These attacks caused the death of at least two patients inside the hospitals and injured two medical staff members as well.
Both of the hospitals hit last night were supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other organizations.
Prior to these attacks, four of the eight hospitals left in eastern Aleppo had surgical capacity. Now, there are only two hospitals with surgical capacity left in a city that continues to experience a brutal and relentless onslaught from aid and land.
“According to different medical sources, there are only seven surgical doctors left in the area, serving an estimated population of 250,000,” says Carlos Francisco, MSF’s head of mission for Syria. “And this comes at a time when east Aleppo has been under siege since July and is suffering the bloodiest indiscriminate bombing since the beginning of the war.
“We don’t know how to say it any longer: this has to stop.”
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Earlier today, MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu addressed the United Nations Security Council regarding attacks against hospitals and protection of the medical mission. The full transcript of the speech is available online here.
MSF supports eight hospitals in Aleppo city. It runs six medical facilities across northern Syria and supports more than 150 health centers and hospitals across the country, many of them in besieged areas.