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Syria: Médecins du Monde condemns the escalation of violence in Aleppo

May 4, 2016

A structure supported by Médecins du Monde was destroyed.

Despite the cessation of hostilities proclaimed in February 27, 2016, bombing and fighting has intensified since the beginning of April in the governorates of Idlib and Aleppo. Médecins du Monde  (MdM) denounces the destruction of its structures and calls for making health care settings sacred.

The recent bombings in the Aleppo region killed more than 50 civilians this week.

The raids led by the regime also targeted the Al Marja health center in which operates one of MdM partners on site, UOSSM (Union of Medical Relief and Care Organizations).

The building was completely destroyed. At the time of writing, an aftermath is currently underway.

In the city of Aleppo, MdM and its partners supply medical equipment in 4 hospitals and support 6 health structures.

“The raids are daily again, the truce appears to end. Schools, hospitals and ambulances are always targeted, in complete violation of the international law. Access to health services has worsened considerably: it is increasingly difficult to do our job and to have access to patients in a context where the population is deprived of assistance, “said Dr. Françoise Sivignon, president of Médecins du Monde.

Médecins du Monde refuses the deprivation of the population of access to healthcare and demands the protection of healthcare workers and injured people.

The war in Syria enters its sixth year, caused more than 270,000 deaths and resulted the displacement of more than half of its population.