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Omar Ahmed Abenza, MSF head of mission for northwestern Syria, gives an overview of the situation today in this fraught region: “On February 8, a health centre in Mishmishan in northwestern Syria’s Idlib region was hit by an airstrike. This is another step towards disaster in this troubled zone...
A hospital in northern Syria supported by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been hit in an aerial attack. At around 10:20 am on Monday 29 January, Owdai hospital (also known as Al Ihsan hospital) in Saraqab City in Idlib Governorate was damaged by two airstrikes, which...
Intense fighting, including airstrikes and ground shelling, has dramatically intensified since mid-December in northern Syria, fuelling one of the largest displacements of people since the war began. The increased violence, concentrated in areas of northeast Hama, southern Aleppo and southern Idlib...
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...
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...
MSF asks warring parties and their backers not to strike health care facilities Amid a sharp intensification of bombing over northwestern Syria (mainly Idlib governorate and north of Hama governorate) since Tuesday 19 September, hospitals are closing either because they have been bombed or because...
Sick and injured civilians within and outside Raqqa city are facing major difficulties obtaining urgent lifesaving medical due to the ongoing battle to control the northeastern Syrian city, says Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). “Patients tell us large numbers of sick and...
As fighting intensifies for control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, people must decide whether to remain in the city and surrounding villages under heavy bombardment, or leave the area by crossing active frontlines and minefields, says Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF). “Parents...
During the afternoon of 29 April, makeshift hospitals supported by the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were subject to outrageous breaches of respect as intense fighting erupted between armed opposition groups in the besieged Damascus suburbs of East Ghouta. As an ‘in-extremis’ measure to underscore...
An MSF medical team providing support to the emergency department of Bab Al Hawa hospital, in Syria’s Idlib province, has confirmed that patients’ symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent such as sarin gas. A number of victims of the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun were...
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