MSF working hard to secure safe return of five staff taken in northern Syria

A week after five international members of staff were taken from an MSF house in northern Syria, on the evening of 2nd January, MSF continues to put all efforts in securing their safe return.
Our missing colleagues are from Belgium, Denmark, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland. They were working in an MSF-run hospital to provide essential healthcare to people affected by the conflict in Syria, where the humanitarian and medical needs are overwhelming.
During the past two years, MSF has installed six field hospitals and two health centres in the north of Syria. Our medical teams have so far provided 102,828 consultations, 40,052 of these being Emergency Room cases. Chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension are as much a focus for MSF as shrapnel, bomb and bullet wounds. 4,899 surgical procedures have been performed and 1,516 safe deliveries assisted for pregnant women. MSF also provides support to more than 80 health facilities throughout Syria. In neighbouring countries, MSF has provided 264,265 consultations for Syrian refugees.
MSF wishes to reiterate that at this stage discretion is extremely important, particularly concerning personal details about our five colleagues. We stress that only the elements on this page are official MSF information relating to this incident. Any other reports related to the incident are information that is not officially provided or confirmed by MSF.
While our priority is to secure the quick and safe return of our five colleagues, MSF will not be providing any further information at this time. We thank everyone for their understanding and support.
MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation working independently of any political or religious agendas. We provide medical care on the basis of the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. MSF relies on private funding and does not accept money from any government for its work in Syria.