– Nok en blodig natt i Aleppo
Våre partnere i Syria rapporterer om stadig verre forhold. Denne uken mottok vi et brev fra vår partner Shafak som de ber oss om å dele.
Brevet er skrevet rett etter bombingen av sykehuset Al Quds i Aleppo, som fant sted tidligere denne uken. Nå er frykten stor for at enda flere sykehus skal angripes. Behovet for medisinsk hjelp og kompetanse er stort.
Shafak er en grasrotorganisasjon som ble etablert av syrere for syrere. De har som mål er å hjelpe de mest sårbare, og da særlig internt fordrevne flyktninger og krigens ofre. Organisasjonen er ikke politisk, men har som visjon at de skal bidra til et sosialt og økonomisk sterkt samfunn gjennom å utrydde fattigdom og likegyldighet. Norsk Folkehjelp samarbeider med Shafak om å sikre mat til folk i flere områder av Syria, deriblant Aleppo.
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A couple of hours ago, two airstrikes targeted Al Quds Hospital in Alsukkari neighborhood of Aleppo city, which is a field hospital with very advanced pediatrics and gynecology units with two consecutive missile attacks. Several eyewitnesses confirmed that two explosive barrels targeted the neighborhood one after the other, and then two rockets from two aircrafts destroyed the hospital in what seems to be a targeted attack against yet another health facility.
The attacks left behind many injuries and deaths. The deaths comprised of both victims of the initial barrel bombs strike and hospital staff including two doctors, the gate security guard and other medical staff members. Many were still under the rubble by the time this letter was being written.
Among those confirmed to have perished are Pediatrician Wasim Maaz who was the only doctor of his specialty left in Aleppo city, and dentist Ahmad Al Mohammad who was near the main gate of the hospital supporting the admission of victims of the first strike. The hospital is supported by several local NGOs including Shafak with funding from the UN HPF fund. Al Quds Hospital was the only hospital that had an operational neonatal ICU in Aleppo.
Once again, the machinery of war in Aleppo, and what seems to be another targeted air strike is leading to the destruction of what is left of the health facilities and killing innocent human beings who are trying under extremely stressful conditions to save the lives of civilians. The hospital is now out of service and all patients are being evacuated from the site of the attack by the local civil defense teams.
As the aircrafts are still in the sky, there are fears of targeting further hospitals in the area. Targeting functioning hospitals full of patients is a war crime and we urge all concerned to stop this immediately, otherwise Aleppo will be left with no more functional hospitals and a further drain of what is left of its medical staff. Below are some of the pictures we could publish, others were so gruesome to share.
May peace and mercy be upon the souls of the doctors, staff and innocent civilians we have lost today and a speedy recovery for the injured and those still under the rubble.