12-6 | A week of heavy violence, coupled with a crippling blockade preventing vital supplies into the country, shows new levels of disregard by warring parties for the civilian population, medical facilities and patients, says Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Heavy street fighting and renewed airstrikes since 29 November have paralysed Sana’a, with civilians trapped in their homes for several days, and have left the injured without safe access to medical assistance.
12-4 | During the early morning of 4th December, several armed men broke into Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Mweso, in Masisi territory, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. They subjected the staff to violence and threats of kidnapping, before robbing the compound of money and equipment. “MSF strongly condemns this new attack and the violence that accompanied it.
11-27 | MSF calls for respect for healthcare and an urgent resupply of medical essentials In the besieged East Ghouta enclave near Damascus, intense bombing and shelling is resulting in huge numbers of wounded and is creating a disaster for patients in need of medical treatment, says Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). From 14 to 26 November, five MSF-supported field hospitals in East Ghouta have responded to 24 mass casualty influxes.
11-23 | Following a violent armed robbery on Monday night (20 November) that threatened the lives of its workers, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has evacuated all its 58 national and international staff from Bangassou, a town in the southeastern area of the country that is largely under control of various armed groups affiliated to the Anti-Balaka factions. “We had the will and the means to stay in those areas.
11-14 | After an offensive lasting four and a half months, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an international coalition finally captured Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The widespread devastation not only attests to the intensity of the fighting and the airstrikes but also raises questions as to the fate of the civilians who, from the start of the offensive, were trapped in the city with no access to humanitarian aid.