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Eastern Aleppo Health Director: Due to Systematic Attacks Against Hospitals, All Are Now Out of Service

English translation of the statement released by the Aleppo Health Directorate on Friday November 18, 2016. Source: SOAS Syria Society. Original Arabic.

English translation of the statement released by the Aleppo Health Directorate on Friday November 18, 2016. Source: SOAS Syria Society. Original Arabic.

Following some of the deadliest bombardments by the Syrian regime and Russian government on besieged Eastern Aleppo, the Aleppo Health Directorate announced that all remaining hospitals in Aleppo are out of service.

In a statement released on Friday November 18, 2016, the Aleppo Health Directorate said:

لقد خرجت كل المشافي العاملة بمدينة حلب الحرة عن الخدمة نتيجة القصف الممنهج والمستمر لهذه المشافي خلال اليومين الماضيين من قبل قوات النظام والطيران الروسي. وهذا التدمير المتعمد للبنى التحتية الأساسية للحياة جعل الشعب الصامد والمحاصر بكل أطفاله وشيوخه ورجاله ونسائه بدون أي مرفق صحي  يقدم لهم العلاج وفرص إنقاذ أرواحهم ويتركهم للموت الذي يسعى له النظام ولم ينفك يبحث عن وسيلة للقضاء على شعبنا الصامد.

مديرية صحة محافظة حلب

الدكتور عبد الباسط ابراهيم

All hospitals operating in Free [east] Aleppo are now out of service due to the systematic and continuous bombardment by the regime and Russian air forces over the last two days.

This deliberate targeting of vital infrastructure has left the besieged and tenacious people of Aleppo, children, women, men and elderly, without any facilities providing healthcare or a change to save their lives. They now face death which has all along been the aim of the regime that left no method untried to eliminate our resolute people.

Dr. Abdul-Baset Ibrahim
Aleppo Governorate Health Directorate

Other reports state that some hospitals are still functioning. Speaking to CNN, Dr Mazen Kewara of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said:

For the first time, eastern Aleppo is out of hospitals operating at full capacity. There are remaining medical facilities but they are not operating at full capacity.

The Aleppo Media Center (AMC) told CNN that there are only five hospitals operating in Aleppo.

This affects the over 250,000 civilians trapped in the city, who are now facing immediate danger.

In an article entitled “More than 250,000 in Eastern Aleppo could die after the next 20 days” and published on November 17, 2016, Raed Saleh, the head of the organization White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense, Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, the president of SAMS and Laila Soudi, who works with SAMS and the psychiatry department at the Stanford University School of Medicine, wrote that:

Today, more than 250,000 Syrians remain trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo with limited access to food, clean water and medical supplies. Living under constant aerial bombardment, residents in the eastern part of the city have nowhere to go. Eastern Aleppo is expected to run out of food and medical supplies in 20 days or less, after which we risk losing more than a quarter-million people to mass starvation and restricted access to lifesaving medical care.

Lina Sergie Attar, co-founder of the Syrian charity ‘Karam Foundation‘ reminded her followers of the sheer scale of Russian and Syrian regime bombing in the last 24 hours alone.

Due to the frequency of these attacks, it is not always possible to know immediately whether it is the Syrian regime or Russian government bombing Eastern Aleppo.

But whereas airstrikes are not always discernible, the use of barrel bombs has become a signature of the Syrian regime. Among the most recent barrel bombs attacks were:

There have also been multiple reports of the Assad regime's use of Chlorine gas:

The news quickly mobilized journalists and activists who are using their social media presence to amplify Dr Ibrahim's statement.

Aleppo-based Syrian neurosurgeon and activist Omar Ibrahim shared:

Aleppo-based Syrian journalist Hadi Abdallah, who was recently honored with Reporters Without Borders’ journalist of the year award, said:

Dr Zaher Sahloul, a Syrian-American doctor and co-founder of SAMS who was recently interviewed by Global Voices, said:

Borzou Daraghi, Middle Eastern correspondent for BuzzFeed News, said:

London-based journalist Emma Beals released a series of tweets offering some context for the doctor's statement. She emphasized the regime's notorious tactics designed to force rebel-held areas into submission.

She also reminded her followers that the methods used in Aleppo were already used by the regime in other liberated areas such as Daraya and Douma.

Finally, guardian journalist Kareem Shaheen said:

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