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|“I’m not afraid for myself, just for my patients” Nurse trapped in Aleppo bunker by Idowu Olabode : September 28, 2016, 04:31:06 PM|
"If this hospital falls on top of us and we get stuck under the rubble, please no pictures. Don't forget our dignity," “I’m not afraid for myself, just for my patients,”Bara'a messaged from the basement of the M2 hospital in east Aleppo.
The hospital, one of the largest serving the opposition-held side of the city, had been hit hours earlier and she could hear warplanes circling overhead.
“I’m not afraid for myself, just for my patients,” she told the Telegraph from an underground bunker, where she was hiding with 90 patients and injured colleagues. The intensive care unit had been destroyed in the attack, leaving many victims of the previous days’ bombings without medical care.
M2 was hit around 4am, minutes before another hospital, M10. Both were put out of service.
Wounded receiving treatment at a local clinic after airstrikes hit Aleppo on Sept 25
Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations chief, condemned the attacks as “war crimes”.
"Let us be clear. Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing. They know they are committing war crimes," Mr Ban told the Security Council on Wednesday.
"Imagine the destruction. People with limbs blown off. Children in terrible pain with no relief," he said. "Imagine a slaughterhouse. This is worse."
Adham Sahloul of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which supports the two hospitals, said he believed the attacks were deliberate. He said government forces know the location of both facilities.
“There are now only 30 doctors and six hospitals left to treat the some 300,000 residents,” he said, worsening the already dire medical situation in the opposition-held side of Aleppo.
Rights groups have accused Syrian and Russian forces of deliberately targeting medical facilities, with Amnesty International earlier this year accusing the allies of "wiping out hospitals as part of their military strategy."
Some 380 hospitals, medical facilities and clinics have been hit since the war began in 2011. Of those, 293 were carried out by government forces and 16 were conducted by Russian warplanes.
Most of the hospitals have moved into basements to protect against strikes, but Russian warplanes last week began dropping so-called bunker-buster bombs, which can penetrate deep underground and level entire buildings.
Now Nurse Bar’aa fears nowhere is safe.
Mr Sahloul warned of devastating medical consequences if violence spiked again while the hospitals remain closed.
"With these two hospitals gone, if today there is another offensive like Saturday or Sunday, this is signing the death warrant for hundreds of people," he said. “They are in areas that are hit quite often and are densely populated, so this is going to be a problem.”
A few streets away from M2 hospital in the al-Maadi neighbourhood, at least six people were killed by artillery shelling while they queued for bread at the bakery.
Food supplies are scarce in the besieged area, and those trapped inside often queue up before dawn for food.
Residents in the east of the city say they are experiencing the worst bombing campaign of the war. More than 350 people have been killed in Syrian and Russian air strikes since the ceasefire collapsed last week.
The World Health Organisation’s pleas for a humanitarian corridor to transport the injured out of east Aleppo, which is blockaded on all sides by government forces, have been ignored.
“There is no objective to attacking these hospitals other than adding to the suffering of civilians, destroying infrastructure so that civilians are left with no hospitals and are then forced to leave,” said Diana Semaan, Syria campaigner at Amnesty International.
Pope Francis decried the attacks in Aleppo, saying those responsible for killing civilians will have to answer to God.
Speaking at a public audience in St Peter's Square in Rome on Wednesday, he called it "an already martyred city, where everybody is dying".
"I appeal to the consciences of those responsible for the bombings, who will one day will have to account to God," he said.
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Source : The Telegraph
|Re: “I’m not afraid for myself, just for my patients” Nurse trapped in Aleppo bunker by ADELEKE5157 : September 28, 2016, 10:51:58 PM|
MY THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH SYRIA THE BESIEGED CITY OF ALEPPO,I SALUTE THE DOGGEDNESS AND COURAGE OF HEAESPECIALLYLTH CARE PROVIDERS,AID AND RELIEF WORKERS,NGOs AND OTHER AGENCIES PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN SERVICES AT THIS DARKEST TIME OF SYRIA HISTORY.
YAHWEH BLESS AND STRENGTHEN YOU ALL
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