Four staff members of The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) were killed, and one nurse is in critical condition after an airstrike hit a medical facility at approximately 11 p.m. Damascus time on September 20, 2016. The airstrike hit Khan Touman medical triage point in Aleppo and complete destroyed the facility and two ambulances. In total, 14 victims died along with many more injured.
The medical triage point provides triage and emergency medical services to approximately 750 wound patients a month. Ahmad Dbais, UOSSM Director of Hospitals and Trauma in the Northern Region said, “The building was three stories, two of which were above ground and one story was underground. Due to the intensity of the bombing all three levels collapsed and are now buried underground.”
Two nurses and two ambulance drivers were killed. The fifth victim, a nurse, has suffered severe burns and is in critical condition. The patient has been transferred to Turkey to receive medical care.
This attack comes one day after the UN/ Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy was hit by airstrikes leading to the death of the Director of the SARC and many other aid workers. It has been a deadly year for healthcare workers with 115 were killed in 2016 alone, and over 700 medical personnel have been killed since the beginning of the crisis in Syria.
"Attacks on aid workers has become normal. This is unacceptable and a violation of international humanitarian law. REAL ACTIONS must be taken to protect aid workers and hold those responsible accountable. Many aid workers have stopped their work because they are being deliberately targeted. Our workers who lost their lives knew the risks but choose to try and make a difference. This is the highest level of heroism and I offer my deepest condolences to their families. " Said Dr. Saleem Bachata , Board Secretary of UOSSM Netherlands.
Dr. Saleem Bachara is available for interview.
Dr. Saleem Bachara
Board Secretary, UOSSM Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 8785 7932
UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux) provides free medical aid to the people of Syria regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation. UOSSM international, founded by Syrian Doctors around the world, started in 2012 and operates 12 major hospitals and supports 120 clinics inside Syria. UOSSM has performed over 1,000,000 medical treatments inside Syria since inception.