PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2019
BREAKING: Three Children and Mother of UOSSM Staff Killed by Airstrike 
Dallas, Texas- On May 27, an airstrike in a civilian area of Ariha, Idlib- Syria killed three children and the mother of Fadal Fahham, a mobile clinic driver for UOSSM. The two twin girls (Zain and Sham Fahham) were four years old and the boy (Wesam Fahham) was nine years old.

In the strongest terms, UOSSM denounces the continuous targeted airstrikes on civilians. These attacks are a clear war crime and have left a wake of dead children and grieving families behind them. UOSSM demands that perpetrators are held accountable for war crimes immediately. We express our deepest condolences to Fadal Fahham and his family for this senseless tragedy. These atrocities must not be allowed to continue for one more day.  

In addition, on May 28 at 10:40 am, the Dar Al Hikma Hospital in Kafranbel, Idlib was hit by and airstrike and destroyed. No injuries or casualties were reported.

On May 28 at 10:40 am, UOSSM’s Hazarin Community Health Care Center in Idlib was hit by an airstrike and completely destroyed. No injuries or casualties were reported.

On May 27th, 18 people were killed by airstrikes in Idlib including seven children and six women, with 32 civilians severely injured. Since the start of the military campaign on April 28, 265 civilians have been killed and 828 were injured. Reports from our staff on the ground indicate there are now 400,000 internally displaced people in the region since April 28. 21 medical facilities have also been bombed since the campaign started and 49 facilities have suspended operations.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “My heart breaks for Fadal Fahham and his unimaginable pain. As a mother, I can’t imagine what he is going through, losing all three of his children in the blink of an eye. What kind of a world allows such indiscriminate bombings to continue? What were the crimes of these beautiful angels to get killed in such a violent way, along with the thousands upon thousands who were previously killed? Where is the international community and why does the world continue to turn a blind eye to the atrocities? These war crimes must be stopped, and the perpetrators must be held accountable. I am afraid to even think what could happen to the over 3.5 million civilians if something is not done immediately to stop these attacks.”

Video: Fadal grieving for his children

Video: After an airstrike in Alhabeet (children)

Video: UOSSM's Harazin Community Health Clinic after being destroyed

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