PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2019
Ambulance System Point Targeted in Maarat Al-Nouman, Syria
Dallas, Texas-   An ambulance system point was directly targeted today, June 27, at 12:55 pm Damascus time, damaging two ambulances and causing major damage to the building, windows and doors. The facility was put out of service. No casualties were reported. Ambulances are discharged from this point to help those wounded in attacks and transport them to area hospitals. Just one week ago an ambulance, transporting a wounded victim of an attack was targeted by an airstrike killing three paramedics and the patient.

Since April 28, 27 medical facilities have been attacked and put out of service and at least 60 other medical facilities have suspended operations due to the continuous bombings leaving the area of Northern Hama and Southern Idlib in a state of emergency.

UOSSM staff on the ground in conjunction with local health directorates report at least 400 civilians have been killed (including at least 150 children), over 1,000 have been injured and 400,000 IDPs displaced by bombardment on civilian areas.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “We have repeated the same sentence over and over again to no avail. Targeting hospitals is a war crime, targeting civilians is a war crime, targeting civil facilities is a war crime. As the international community and the whole world continue to turn a blind eye to the atrocities, at least 3 million lives are at risk, including 1 MILLION CHILDREN! We call on all responsible parties…anyone with a heart must stop this before we end up with a mass catastrophe.”

*due to the situation on the ground numbers are constantly changing

On June 20, 2017 three paramedics from the NGO "Violet" were killed when the ambulance they were driving was directly targeted by an airstrike.
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