Extraordinary mass-casualty influxes in East Ghouta as hospitals and clinics run short of life-saving medicines
2-21 | Mass casualty influxes, with hundreds of dead and wounded, have been reported to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) by medical facilities the medical aid organization supports in the opposition-controlled East Ghouta besieged enclave near Damascus in Syria. This comes amid an extraordinary increase in bombing and shelling over the area, with 13 hospitals and clinics that are regularly or ad-hoc supported by MSF hit and damaged or destroyed over just 3 days, reducing health capacity at a time of critical medical need.
2-9 | Omar Ahmed Abenza, MSF head of mission for northwestern Syria, gives an overview of the situation today in this fraught region: “On February 8, a health centre in Mishmishan in northwestern Syria’s Idlib region was hit by an airstrike. This is another step towards disaster in this troubled zone. Once again, this bombing is completely outrageous and cannot be tolerated.
1-30 | A hospital in northern Syria supported by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been hit in an aerial attack. At around 10:20 am on Monday 29 January, Owdai hospital (also known as Al Ihsan hospital) in Saraqab City in Idlib Governorate was damaged by two airstrikes, which destroyed part of the hospital building according to the hospital manager, who contacted Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
1-29 | In a nightmarish day on the Mediterranean yesterday (28 January, 2018) , 99 survivors from a sinking rubber boat were rescued by the Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE, but an unknown number of men, women and children are missing, presumed drowned. Two women are confirmed dead. “The scene was devastating, with many urgent medical cases in quick succession.
1-24 | Intense fighting, including airstrikes and ground shelling, has dramatically intensified since mid-December in northern Syria, fuelling one of the largest displacements of people since the war began.