Aleppo: Two Surgical Hospitals Bombed, Only Two Others Left in Besieged City

A picture taken on April 28, 2016 shows Syrian men inspecting the damage at the Al-Quds hospital building following reported airstrikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in the northern city of Aleppo. Doctors Without Borders condemned Thursday the "outrageous" air strike on a hospital it was supporting in the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where doctors were among those killed. Local rescue workers said the overnight strike on the Al-Quds hospital and a nearby residential building left 30 people dead. Among them was the only paediatrician operating in the rebel-controlled eastern parts of Aleppo city, they said. Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by the acronym MSF, said two doctors were among 14 people killed in the strike on the hospital. In an online statement Thursday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it had been donating medical supplies to Al-Quds since 2012. MSF said it had been donating medical supplies since 2012 to the 34-bed Al-Quds hospital, where eight doctors and 28 nurses worked full time. Karam Al-Masri/AFP
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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.”

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.

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