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  • Three Medical Staff Killed Including UOSSM Driver in Targeted Attack on Ambulance in Idlib, Syria15 Februari 2020
    Dallas, Texas- Three medical staff were killed in a targeted attack on an ambulance yesterday. On February 6, 2020 at 8 pm Damascus time, an ambulance with three medical staff was directly attacked as it was headed to provide emergency services to victims of airstrikes in Idlib City. Abdul Rahman Hilal, a UOSSM driver was among those killed. At least three other civilians were killed in the attack and six were wounded. 
    This comes as attacks have intensified in the past few weeks claiming tens of lives and forcing a mass exodus. At least 600,000 have been displaced fleeing attacks since December. 
    Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vic President of UOSSM USA said, “Let’s be clear, this is a war crime Abdul Rahman Hilal, along with two of his colleagues were doing their duty to save lives when the clearly marked ambulance was attacked. This is unacceptable. We call on the international community to stop these crimes and to hold the perpetrators accountable. Our deepest condolences go out to Abdul Rahman’s family, and the rest of the staff who gave their lives selflessly serving others.”
    *Numbers are constantly changing due to situation on the ground.

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  • Four Medical Facilities Attacked Within 24 Hours in Idlib, Syria, Exodus Continues6 Februari 2020
    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. 
    On Tuesday, February 4 at 10:15 am Damascus time, the Sarmin Primary Health Care Center and Sarmin Hospital were both directly targeted. The facilities sustained major damage and were both put out of service. No casualties were reported. The center provided an average of 4,250 primary healthcare services a month and delivered 60 newborns each month.
    The escalation of violence in civilian neighborhoods has caused a mass exodus from areas of bombardment. In the past 48 hours 40,000 civilians were newly displaced and in the past two months over 600,000 were displaced. It is estimated that half are children. The displaced people are running with nowhere to go and are being exposed to brutal conditions in the cold winter. UOSSM doctors have seen a rise in illnesses as people have no shelter in the cold. 
    The WHO is increasing the number of mobile clinics that can follow the movements of the displaced and are less likely to be attacked. So far in 2020, two separate attacks on health care have been verified; both of them in the northwest, claiming 10 lives and injuring 30.
    UOSSM denounces the continued attacks of medical facilities and demands perpetrators are held accountable for these war crimes. UOSSM also denounces the airstrikes, barrel bombings and artillery strikes on densely populated civilian areas, which has resulted in the displacement of more than 600,000 people.

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  • Aid Agency Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster, 35 Killed Yesterday By Airstrikes In Syria23 Januari 2020
    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 levelling 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. 
    In the strongest terms, UOSSM condemns these attacks against civilians. UOSSM demands the international community act immediately to protect millions of civilians, and that they mobilize emergency rations of shelter, food, water and medical care for the underserved population.
    "We are hearing reports of hundreds of airstrikes on civilian areas in the past few days. If these attacks continue, it will be a humanitarian disaster and millions could be driven towards the Turkish border." - Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International
    Last year, the UN counted 82 attacks on medical centres, leaving the medical infrastructure decimated in Idlib and unable to handle another escalation of violence. The winter weather in Idlib is currently near 0 degrees celsius and rainy, exposing hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people to the harsh conditions without adequate shelter. Today, it was reported that an IDP encampment was hit by an airstrike killing two people. 
    There are over 3.5 million people in the Idlib governate and 1 million people in the densely populated Idlib city. In December alone, over 300,000 people were displaced by violence in Maarat Nouman and the Idlib countryside. UNICEF estimates that 140,000 children have been displaced into the freezing winter in the past five weeks. The UN verified 145 attacks on schools and 82 attacks on medical infrastructure (90% in North Western Syria) in 2019. 
     
  • Humanitarian Catastrophe In Maarat Al Nouman, Syria; At Least 38 Dead, Hundreds Injured20 December 2019
    Toronto, Canada- 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 have been 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. At least 68 medical facilities have been attacked since April 2019.
    Of the child casualties, Tasneem (9 years old), Raneem (6 years old) and Haneen (4 years old) were tragically killed along with their mother Zakyah by an airstrike on the Bdama village in Jisr Al- Shoghour in Western Idlib on December 17. Their father Anwar Hamidi, a Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) volunteer, was beyond himself in grief.  
    On December 18 at 10:30 a.m. Damascus time, an explosion 300 M away caused damage to a medical point of a referral system in Maarat Al Nouman. No injuries or casualties were reported.
    On December 18 at 11 a.m. Damascus time, an artillery shelling hit 200 M away from an emergency medical centre in Maarat  Al Nouman. The facility sustained minor damage, no injuries or casualties were reported.
    On December 17 at 9:44 a.m. Damascus time, a barrel bomb hit Myassar Alhamdo Hospital in Ghadfah, Idlib. No casualties were reported as the facility was evacuated.
    In the strongest terms, UOSSM calls for all military parties to stop targeting civilian areas and respect their rights under international law.  
    “This week we see more horrifying videos of children being trapped under piles of rubble screaming to get out. Three innocent children and their mother lost their life in a senseless and barbaric attack.  I am disgusted that the international community turns a blind eye while these atrocities continue with impunity. Attacks on civilians must stop immediately and perpetrators must be held accountable for war crimes. Yet again, the holiday season is a season of horrors in Syria.“ Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International

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  • Al Kiwan Hospital In Syria Hit By Airstrikes, Destroyed28 November 2019
    At 9:21 PM on November 24th, the Al Kiwan Hospital in Kansafra, Idlib was hit by an airstrike and destroyed. The facility was evacuated prior to the strike and no casualties were reported. This attacks marks the 66thmedical facility attacked since April 2019. 
    In the strongest possible terms, UOSSM denounces the continued attacks on medical facilities and staff. Perpetrators must be held accountable for these deliberate war crimes.
    “From the horrific attack on a refugee camp last week to todays utter destruction of a vital hospital, the terror never stops for Syrian civilians. Civilians and civil infrastructure must be protected by the international community and the perpetrators must be held accountable for war crimes immediately if we ever hope to stop these heinous acts” Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International.

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