PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2019
49th Medical Facility Targeted With Two Airstrikes in Syria
Dallas, Texas- The Alzerbeh Primary Health Care Center was directly targeted today, August 30, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. Damascus time with two airstrikes, putting it out of service. No casualties were reported as the center was closed today. The center was completely destroyed. The PHC was located in the Aleppo countryside. This marks the 49 th medical facility to be attacked since April 28.

Since April 28, 2019: 
 
  • At least 892 civilians have been killed including at least 226 children and 179 women. 
 
  • Over 1912 civilians have been injured. 
 
  • Over 750,000 people have been internally displaced in North Western Syria. 
 
  • At least 49 medical facilities have been bombed, 30 aid workers have been killed and 40 have been wounded. 
 
  • Five ambulances were hit by different airstrikes while serving patients, killing eight staff.
  • Eight water facilities were destroyed.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “There is no end in sight to these war crimes. Innocent civilians are under attack and they need these medical facilities to receive life-saving care. It is unbelievable that 49 medical facilities have been attacked in three months with complete impunity. Today, thousands of Syrian civilians took to the streets calling on the UN and the international community to apply the charters guaranteeing protection of civilians, and also calling on the international community for humanitarian intervention, which was a resolution of the UNGA "Uniting for Peace" resolution 377 A, which states that the international community can intervene in an impending humanitarian disaster such as the case in northwest Syria. We implore the international community to take such action immediately.”

*Numbers are constantly changing due to situation on the ground.
For Media Inquiries Please Contact:

Najah Allouch:
UOSSM USA Communications and Media Director
Email: press@uossm.us
Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.
UOSSM:
  • In 2018, UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to almost 1 million patients since establishment
  • In 2018, over 162,000 beneficiaries were provided with nutrition services focused on pregnant and nursing women, and children under the age of 5
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services provided care to 110,096 beneficiaries in 2018
Media Contact:

Name: Najah Allouch 
Title: Communications and Media Director
Email Address: press@uossm.us