For immediate release on 28 June 2019
Human Appeal Ireland Deplores Hospital Attack
The Human Appeal supported gynecological and pediatric clinic in the northwest of Syria, is at currently under attack. At 8.30am today [local time] several armoured vehicles including tanks fired on the facility forcing it to be evacuated. Patients were moved by staff to other hospitals for their immediate safety.
The hospital has been supported with both equipment and funding for staff and medicines by Human Appeal Ireland since 2014. The hospital has 29 beds. Last year the hospital conducted 16,500 medical procedures,
Human Appeal also runs a mobile clinic from the hospital to the outlying area which is rural and isolated.
In total, 43,456 patients (women and children) were helped by our healthcare support program in western Aleppo last year.
Belkacem Belfedhal, Manager of Human Appeal Ireland, based in Dundrum Co Dublin, recently returned from Human Appeal’s Syria operations headquarters said:
‘This attack on patients and medical workers in a hospital is outrageous. Our Irish donors and supporters who have contributed enormously to the establishment and running of this vital lifeline of health care for Syrian, women, mothers and their children, will be horrified. There must be an immediate cease to threats and attacks on this and all hospitals in the area.’
Human Appeal’s operations in Syria are run from Turkey. Country Director of Human Appeal’s Turkey office, Behesti Ismail Songur, said:
“We are currently monitoring the situation in Aleppo. For now, we have advised all our personnel to remain at home and wait for further instructions until the situation is clearer. Our thoughts are with patients and their families.”
Human Appeal will provide updates on the situation as we receive them.
Belkacem Belfedhal is available for additional comment and interviews, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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