An intense bombardment of the rebel side of Aleppo, Syria has forced hospitals and medical organizations to shut down from mass amounts of damage done.
These specific bombings occurred over the last three days. The bombs were dropped by the Syrian government in an attempt to weaken rebel forces.
Two general hospitals that were providing trauma care to those injured in the midst of the war zone were hit. They also hit the only children’s hospital. All of these facilities gained enough damage that they were forced to shut down.
These shutdowns left almost a quarter of a million people in Eastern Aleppo without access to medical access. These people are living in the middle of a war zone, and access to trauma care is crucial for their survival.
The World Health Organization released a statement on Sunday, stating, “Although some health services are still available through small clinics, residents no longer have access to trauma care, major surgeries, and other consultations for serious health conditions,”
In a statement given to The New York Times, Dr. Omar (full name withheld for safety), the last neurosurgeon left in Eastern Aleppo said,
“We no longer have hospitals to operate in. You can’t imagine what it’s like living in Aleppo right now. It feels like we are living in hell. Our neighborhoods are in flames, and bombs are raining down from the sky. We urgently call on the international community to send help.”
Aleppo is the largest city in Syria. It has been divided between rebel forces and the Syrian government since 2012, and has been a highly warred over city throughout the Syrian Civil War. However, the fighting has gotten markedly worse throughout the summer, and civilians within the city have rarely gotten a respite from the airstrikes.
In the struggle between rebels and the Syrian government, it seems that both parties are resolved to win this war, no matter the toll it takes on civilians or the humanitarian cost.
(H/T: The New York Times)