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BREAKING: Massive Chemical Weapon Attack Leaves 25+ Dead , 500+ Injured in Ghouta

Geneva, Switzerland – A massive chemical weapon attack was just reported in Douma, Eastern Ghouta today. Early reports indicate 25 people have been killed and over 500 civilians have been injured with the numbers set to rise. Many of the victims were children. The attack coincides with numerous attacks on medical facilities in Douma today rendering the largest hospital out of service and a Red Crescent medical facility heavily damaged.  The damage inflicted was amplified by the large number of internally displaced people, forced to crowd tightly together in shelters. There are an estimated 170,000 people remaining in Douma served by a small number of doctors and medical staff.   The attack comes almost one year after the horrific Sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017. The attack killed 89 people, including 33 children, 18 women and injured over 400 people.   UOSSM calls for an immediate ceasefire in Douma, for medical aid to be allowed to reach the victims of this attack, and for an immediate investigation into the use of chemical weapons as a war crime.     “This is one of the worst chemical attacks in Syrian history. The lack of enforcement and prosecution by the international community has singled to armed groups that it is acceptable use chemical weapons with impunity. It is almost a year exactly since the world witnessed the horrible attack in Khan Sheikhoun, and said never again. 33 children died that day. Is this some kind of sick joke? How many lives could have been saved if international law was actually enforced? I am appalled and disgusted with these attacks .” Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Birmingham GP and Chairman of UOSSM International. ** Communication and medical verification in Douma is extremely limited due to the siege.  Video (Unverified): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YO6gp45GMeEAw-nHkdnFc2tuy2MoMnd8/view?usp=sharing

Press Release: Ghouta Evacuation Report March 23-28th

Geneva, Switzerland - The following report details the work of UOSSM in providing eastern Ghouta IDP’s with: primary health care, ambulance services, nutrition, mental health and psychosocial support, in addition to data collection. UOSSM is amongst a coalition of Syrian NGO’s serving the needs of the people of eastern Ghouta.  In the strongest terms, UOSSM calls for a cessation of the violence in Ghouta that has left over 1,500 civilians dead. We denounce the relentless violence which has caused untold suffering for hundreds of thousands of civilians. We reiterate our calls for IDPs to be treated with dignity and have their safety assured by the United Nations, and for the necessary provisions to be made to ensure all their humanitarian needs are met. UOSSM calls for the increased protection of: children, the wounded, the sick, unaccompanied minors, the elderly and the disabled. UOSSM also recognizes the tremendous work and sacrifices of aid workers inside Ghouta, many of whom have become displaced. UOSSM Requests:   1)  Governments and NGOs IMMEDIATELY release emergency funding for the Eastern Ghouta evacuation response. Specifically; to ensure those displaced receive adequate medical attention, food, safe transport and shelter. 2)  The displaced civilians receive guarantees of safe passage monitored by the UN and within the guidelines of the ICRC:   Evacuees are informed in advance on the terms of the agreement, destination site, and evacuation process. Civilians can choose to stay or leave. Civilians are protected against attack in all circumstances, staying or leaving. Civilians being evacuated are granted safe passage. All measures are undertaken to safeguard family unity. Civilians, detainees and persons no longer directly participating in hostilities must be treated humanely and in accordance with international law, regardless of their status and religious, ethnic or political affiliation. Evacuees are not deprived of objects needed for their survival, nor impeded of their access to humanitarian aid and services, during and after the displacement. Evacuees are allowed to take and retain personal belongings in reasonable amounts that do not hamper the evacuation operation, notably valuables and property titles, ID-documents, electricity and water bills. Persons with special needs and vulnerabilities, such as the wounded and sick, unaccompanied and separated minors, the elderly and persons with disability, are afforded special protection and are cared for. At the destination site, displaced civilians benefit from freedom of movement, access to satisfactory conditions of shelter, hygiene, health, safety, nutrition, public and protection services, and livelihood opportunities. Humanitarian actors are granted access to the destination sites and are allowed to follow up on evacuees, to assess their needs after displacement and to deliver humanitarian aid and services. Evacuations should be temporary and displaced people have the right to return as soon as the reason for their displacement ceases to exist. They are provided with clear information on the prospect of return. The inviolability of personal property is guaranteed. The property and possessions left behind by evacuees are protected against pillage, destruction and illegal appropriation or use.  

Press Release: UOSSM Assists 5000 Forcefully Displaced from Ghouta

Geneva, Switzerland -UOSSM responded to the forced displacement of the first two groups of people from Ghouta. On Thursday, 450 families, roughly 2000 people, were displaced from Harasta, Ghouta. The second group of over 3000 people were transported earlier this morning. The people were transported from Harasta to Qalaat Al Madeeq in the suburbs of Hama. UOSSM provided child protection services, primary health care services, and ambulances to transport severe cases to area hospitals. UOSSM was one of several organizations aiding in the process. Many of those that came, including numerous children, were in poor medical condition (intestinal infections, hepatitis, skin disease, trauma injuries), having received very little medical attention over the past few years. They were, hungry, thirsty, and mentally and physically exhausted from the fierce bombardment they were subject to for over a month, and the siege of over five years. Many have not had clean drinking water or a meal for days. On Thursday, at least 10 patients were in urgent need of medical care. The second group from this morning had at least 300 wounded and ill that needed medical care. 46 were transported via ambulance. Approximately 8000 people will be displaced from Harasta in upcoming days.   Dr. Ahmad Dbais, Safety and Security Director of UOSSM said, “These people have been through so much. They have lived through the worst conditions imaginable for over five years. What we did today is what we do every day. We were one of many organizations who were doing their obligation and duty to the people. We provide care to those who need it most. “   Since February 18, the bombardment in Ghouta, described as “hell on earth”, has killed 1600 civilians and left over 5000 wounded from the relentless airstrikes. On March 22, 37 people were burned alive in an incendiary bomb attack on a shelter filled with women and children.   Dr. Ghanem Tayara Chairman of UOSSM International said, “The forced displacement in Eastern Ghouta will create a humanitarian catastrophe. Sadly, their options are limited; stay and be bombed, gassed and burnt or leave without any guarantee of safety.   The logistics and funding needed to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people are not there. How will their safety be guaranteed? These people need safe passage monitored by the UN, food stocks, immediate medical treatment and adequate shelter. We urge governments / NGOs to immediately release emergency funding and resources to ensure their needs are met. We ask all actors in the conflict to respect UNSCr 2401 and begin an immediate ceasefire. Thousands of lives are at stake.”     UOSSM Requests:   1)  Governments and NGOs IMMEDIATELY release emergency funding for the Eastern Ghouta evacuation response. Specifically; to ensure those displaced receive adequate medical attention, food, safe transport and shelter. 2)  The displaced civilians receive guarantees of safe passage monitored by the UN and within the guidelines of the ICRC:   Evacuees are informed in advance on the terms of the agreement, destination site, and evacuation process. Civilians can choose to stay or leave. Civilians are protected against attack in all circumstances, staying or leaving. Civilians being evacuated are granted safe passage. All measures are undertaken to safeguard family unity. Civilians, detainees and persons no longer directly participating in hostilities must be treated humanely and in accordance with international law, regardless of their status and religious, ethnic or political affiliation. Evacuees are not deprived of objects needed for their survival, nor impeded of their access to humanitarian aid and services, during and after the displacement. Evacuees are allowed to take and retain personal belongings in reasonable amounts that do not hamper the evacuation operation, notably valuables and property titles, ID-documents, electricity and water bills. Persons with special needs and vulnerabilities, such as the wounded and sick, unaccompanied and separated minors, the elderly and persons with disability, are afforded special protection and are cared for. At the destination site, displaced civilians benefit from freedom of movement, access to satisfactory conditions of shelter, hygiene, health, safety, nutrition, public and protection services, and livelihood opportunities. Humanitarian actors are granted access to the destination sites and are allowed to follow up on evacuees, to assess their needs after displacement and to deliver humanitarian aid and services. Evacuations should be temporary and displaced people have the right to return as soon as the reason for their displacement ceases to exist. They are provided with clear information on the prospect of return. The inviolability of personal property is guaranteed. The property and possessions left behind by evacuees are protected against pillage, destruction and illegal appropriation or use. Evacuations should be temporary and displaced people have the right to return as soon as the reason for their displacement ceases to exist. They are provided with clear information on the prospect of return. The inviolability of personal property is guaranteed. The property and possessions left behind by evacuees are protected against pillage, destruction and illegal appropriation or use.      

Press Release: Ghouta Doctors Sound Alarm Over Emergency C-Sections, Siege Endangering Newborns

Geneva, Switzerland -Doctors in Eastern Ghouta performed 15 caesarean sections out of a total of 30 births yesterday. The doctors complain that they are being forced to do caesareans as the intense besiegement makes it difficult for expecting mothers to predict when they can safely go to the hospital. The risk of complications for the mother and child are compounded by the lack of; incubators, medical equipment and staff to perform follow up care, not to mention the continuous airstrikes against medical facilities. Doctors plead for the bombardment to stop and for medical supplies and equipment to be allowed into Ghouta.      "Pregnant women are traumatized by these attacks. The situation is forcing them to give birth when they can. Because of the siege and blockade on aid, these doctors are already in a bad position to give these mothers the care they need. This is inhumane and these attacks must stop" Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Birmingham GP and Chairman of UOSSM International.   From February 18, 2018 to March 17, 2018, 1511 civilians have been killed including 220 children and 198 women in Eastern Ghouta. The latest reports indicate 6,000 people have been forced to flee Ghouta yesterday with over 40,000 people displaced in the past 7 days. Today, a medical warehouse, which received the last convoy of medical aid, was hit by an airstrike and severely damaged.   UOSSM Demands:   1)  The use of incendiary weapons (phosphorous), chlorine gas, barrel bombs and other prohibited weapons against civilains is stopped immediately. 2)  That medical facilities in Ghouta and through out Syria are no longer targeted. 3)  That UNSCr 2401 is enforced to maintain a ceasefire throughout Syria. 4)  Those fleeing the besiegement in Eastern Ghouta are provided safe passage by the UN. 5)  That food and medical aid is provided immediately inside Ghouta and to those fleeing the violence.   

Press Release: At Least 500 Killed and 1000’s Wounded Since UNSCr 2401 Passed

Toronto, Ontario -The passing of UN Security Resolution 2401 has not stopped the violence in Ghouta as at least 500 were killed and thousands were wounded since the resolution passed on February 24, 2018. In addition, at least 26 medical facilities have been systematically targeted and put out of service leaving an already vulnerable population with very limited access to healthcare. Yesterday, at least 27 civilians were killed, including one paramedic. In addition, the Arbeen Hospital was attacked and put out of service as the violence continues in eastern Ghouta. At least 1,100 have been killed since February 18, including nine health workers. Over 4,000 civilians have been wounded. At least 100,000 of the estimated 400,000 civilians in eastern Ghouta were recently displaced, with no shelter. The people in Ghouta are experiencing extreme hardships and are struggling to survive as most have taken refuge in underground basements. Many are suffering from breathing problems from the moldy and wet conditions. At least half of the people in these basements are children. The people are hungry with very little access to food and drinking water.  Dr. Amani Ballour, a doctor inside Ghouta sent out a plea on Sunday to anyone who would listen, about the deteriorating situation in Ghouta saying, “Eastern Ghouta, which has been besieged for over five years, and has witnessed the worst types of siege, bombardment and starvation, is living today in catastrophic conditions in every way, shape and form. The medical situation is always extremely terrible. For the past 20 days we have received large numbers of wounded victims. In the one hospital I work in we admit almost 100 wounded every day. Unfortunately, most of the wounded are women and children. We have a major shortage in medical staff, in medical supplies, we are doing the best that we can, but we can’t keep up with the large numbers of wounded. We have been talking about the situation for over five years, we have been sending our messages to the United Nations, to the international community, and to humanitarian organizations. Everything that is happening is known all over the world, media is being distributed directly from inside Ghouta to all media outlets and venues, but the world is closing their ears to what the people of Ghouta are saying. There are over 400,000 civilians with over 100,000 children. Unfortunately, the pictures of our bloodied, wounded and killed children is not affecting people around the world. What is the world waiting for to help save the 400,000 civilians?” Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chair of UOSSM International said, “Resolution 2401 passed 16 days ago, and we still have 609 cancer patients, 188 of which are children, and 27 that have already died from lack of treatment. Thousands of injured civilians cannot be treated due to lack of medical supplies. We need action to be taken now. The civilians in Ghouta need immediate protection, they need aid, they need food and water. The hospitals need medical supplies and medicines. We urge the UN and the international community to enforce the resolution now, before it is too late. Thousands of lives are hanging in the balance.” UOSSM Requests: 1) The international community take immediate action to stop the slaughter of the people of Ghouta. 2)Join the global advocacy campaign on social media #TogetherForGhouta, #BreakGhoutaSeige & #SaveEastGhouta. 3) Call, write and meet your local and national political leaders. Urge them to take actions to end the siege and open safe aid corridors into Eastern Ghouta for: medical aid, food supplies and the immediate medical evacuation of 600+ patients in critical condition.  4) Organize events and hold vigils on behalf of the people of Eastern Ghouta. 5) Donate to our "Emergency Appeal: Eastern Ghouta Fund" to support medical aid inside Ghouta."

BREAKING: UOSSM PHC and Office Attacked in Ghouta, Doctors Describe Attacks as “Mass Hysteria”

Geneva, Switzerland -A UOSSM Primary Health Care Center in Misraba and a UOSSM office in Hammouria, were hit under a wave of attacks on hospitals, buildings and “anything standing” in eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours. No casualties were reported as all medical centers in the area were shut down due to heavy shelling and airstrikes. The bombardment has caused most of the inhabitants of the areas to be displaced into other parts of the city. An area doctor who chose to remain unnamed said, “Hammouria is under massive attacks causing a state of mass hysteria as every building is being bombed one by one, wiping out the entire area. The area has turned into a ghost town as everyone in the area has been displaced and all medical facilities were attacked.” In the past 24 hours, the Ghouta Central Hospital, Al Hakeem Maternity and Pediatric Center, Al Balsam Clinics, Al Amal Rehabilitation Center, Dar Al Shifaa Hospital, the Central Laboratory and all local humanitarian offices were attacked and put out of service. The already vulnerable population of over 380,000 has little or no access to medical care at a time when injuries and casualties are piling up. Local contacts are describing areas as “ghost towns” as thousands were forced to leave to “safer” areas. 46 people were killed today bringing the death toll from February 18 through March 8 to well over 1000, with thousands wounded.Yesterday, there was a suspected chlorine attack making it the fifth suspected chemical attack on Ghouta in 2018, hundreds were affected by the attacks. Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chair of UOSSM International said, “Why is the world not stopping the carnage in Ghouta? Children are coming into medical facilities with horrific injuries. The parents and doctors are beyond themselves with stress and grief. With most medical facilities shut down, these untreated injuries will spiral into amputations and death. The slaughter of the people is unacceptable and I am disgusted with the world’s complacency. This is not war, it’s murder.” UOSSM Requests: 1) The international community take immediate action to stop the slaughter of the people of Ghouta. 2)Join the global advocacy campaign on social media #TogetherForGhouta, #BreakGhoutaSeige & #SaveEastGhouta. 3) Call, write and meet your local and national political leaders. Urge them to take actions to end the siege and open safe aid corridors into Eastern Ghouta for: medical aid, food supplies and the immediate medical evacuation of 600+ patients in critical condition.  4) Organize events and hold vigils on behalf of the people of Eastern Ghouta. 5) Donate to our "Emergency Appeal: Eastern Ghouta Fund" to support medical aid inside Ghouta."

BREAKING: Reports of a Chemical Attack in Eastern Ghouta Affects at Least 50

Geneva, Switzerland - Reports from doctors inside Ghouta are indicating there was a chlorine attack in Saqba and Hammouria in eastern Ghouta today around 9 p.m. Damascus time. According to the White Helmets, at least 50 civilians have been affected by the suspected gas, although area doctors are saying at least 100 have been affected. Dr. Imad Qabbani from Rural Damascus Health Directorate confirmed the suspected chlorine attack saying, “Due to the heavy bombardment mobility is impossible. At least two locations were targeted, our Health Directorate will issue a statement later about this attack.” Affected victims are experiencing symptoms consistent with chlorine gas inhalation including: wheezing, hypoxia, coughing, dyspnea, and conjunctival erythema; there are no changes in the victims' pupils. The victims’ clothing had a strong smell of chlorine. Witnesses confirmed that the smell of chlorine was observed in Kafr Batna . The death toll today from attacks is at least 91 with hundreds wounded. Area doctors inside Ghouta say the area is under a fierce bombardment causing chaos and panic for the civilians hiding in shelters. Civil defense workers (The White Helmets) and first responders are experiencing severe difficulty getting to those wounded in attacks because of the severity of the relentless airstrikes and shelling. A total of 964 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded from February 18 to March 7 in eastern Ghouta. Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Birmingham GP said, “It’s truly disturbing to hear about these chemical attacks on innocent civilians. They are already distraught and experiencing breathing problems in shelters underground, now in addition, they are suffocating from suspected chlorine! Where is the world? Where is the international community? It is outrageous that these types of attacks are taking place and the whole world is turning a blind eye. These attacks must stop immediately. We urge the Security Council to implement resolution 2401, provide basic protection to the citizens of Ghouta, give them a safe haven, and send monitors and UN observers to enforce the cease fire.” UOSSM Requests: 1) The international community take immediate action to stop the slaughter of the people of Ghouta. 2)Join the global advocacy campaign on social media #TogetherForGhouta, #BreakGhoutaSeige & #SaveEastGhouta. 3) Call, write and meet your local and national political leaders. Urge them to take actions to end the siege and open safe aid corridors into Eastern Ghouta for: medical aid, food supplies and the immediate medical evacuation of 600+ patients in critical condition.  4) Organize events and hold vigils on behalf of the people of Eastern Ghouta. 5) Donate to our "Emergency Appeal: Eastern Ghouta Fund" to support medical aid inside Ghouta." https://youtu.be/vveaZP3AsOo  

BREAKING: 94 Civilians Killed Today During First Aid Convoy Delivery In Months

Geneva, Switzerland - 94 Civilians were killed today by heavy airstrikes while the first aid convoy entered eastern Ghouta in months. Among those killed was a dentist, Dr. Ahmad Wahbah. UOSSM condemns the reported confiscation of medical aid from the WHO/ SARC aid convoy to Ghouta on March 5, 2018. Early reports indicate the removal of surgical equipment, simple medication and insulin. Under significant threat from aerial attacks, aid convoys left Douma before they could fully unload. Nine out of 45 trucks were not unloaded. The deliberate prevention of medical treatment, attacks on civilians and targeting of medical facilities/staff are clear war crimes under International Humanitarian Law. While UOSSM welcomes the statements made by the Human Rights Council today, which echoes what was said by the UN Security Council Resolution 4201, UOSSM emphasizes that the people of Ghouta need action not unenforced resolutions.  From February 18 to March 4, The Eastern Ghouta Health Directorate reported that 1404 children were injured and 179 were killed. There were 719 deaths and 5642 wounded in the past 13 days.  Eastern Ghouta Medical Summary: February 18 to March 4 “It's truly a sadistic act to confiscate aid knowing that women and children will suffer slow and agonizing deaths. I am appalled by the deliberate vindictiveness, and more so, that the world looks on with indifference. The suffering of the civilians in Ghouta is unimaginable and we urge the international community to enforce UN Security council resolution 2401. 400,000 lives hang in the balance and this is on track to become Syria’s largest graveyard. “Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Birmingham GP. “This genocide must stop immediately” -added Dr. Tayara. UOSSM Requests: 1) The international community take immediate action to stop the slaughter of the people of Ghouta. 2)Join the global advocacy campaign on social media #TogetherForGhouta, #BreakGhoutaSeige & #SaveEastGhouta. 3) Call, write and meet your local and national political leaders. Urge them to take actions to end the siege and open safe aid corridors into Eastern Ghouta for: medical aid, food supplies and the immediate medical evacuation of 600+ patients in critical condition.  4) Organize events and hold vigils on behalf of the people of Eastern Ghouta. 5) Donate to our "Emergency Appeal: Eastern Ghouta Fund" to support medical aid inside Ghouta."

BREAKING: UN Security Council Ceasefire Violated; Two Hospitals Attacked; 20 Killed

Geneva, Switzerland- Less than 24 hours after the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 passed for a 30 day emergency cessation of hostilities in Syria, two medical facilities were attacked, at least 20 civilians were killed; and over 70 others were wounded.    The two medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta were hit by airstrikes, heavily damaged and put out of service on the morning of February 25. There were no casualties. At least 20 civilians were killed in other areas of Ghouta as an aerial bombardment continued to pound civilian areas. At least 541 civilians were killed and thousands were wounded in one week from February 18-25.    There were 31 attacks on 26 medical facilities (5 were attacked twice), killing 6 medical staff and injuring 15 since February 18. Eight of those facilities were completely destroyed and several others were heavily damaged and put out of service. The vulnerable civilians of eastern Ghouta have virtually no access to emergency healthcare when they need it most.   “I am embarrassed for the UN Security Council. The mightiest nations on the planet cannot enforce the most basic standards of human rights and decency. The inability of these resolutions to be taken seriously calls into question why these systems even exist. Quite frankly, the system is disconnected from reality and enjoys all the comforts of that. While they are vigorously debating, children are being blown to bits. Over 500 civilians were slaughtered in a week and 26 medical facilities were attacked. They recreated hell on earth and still nothing real has been done. The people need action now, not hollow words. The doctors in Ghouta are beyond despair. “ Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Birmingham, UK GP   Dr. Tayara added, “It’s like a nightmare we never wake up from.”   The Rural Damascus Healthcare Directorate issued the following statement below about a chlorine gas attack today. At least 18 victims were treated with water spray and oxygen. One baby girl was killed, another 4-month-old infant is still on a ventilator.   UOSSM Demands: 1. The enforcement of UNSCr 2401, A cessation of violence throughout Syria;  2. Sustained humanitarian access through weekly humanitarian aid convoys to all areas in need 3. Emergency medical evacuations with necessary safety guarantees to patients in need of urgent treatment outside of besieged areas;  4. Commitments from all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international law to prioritize the protection of civilians and guarantee the protection of hospitals and other medical facilities;  5. Lifting of the sieges, most urgently on eastern Ghouta, the largest Syrian city under siege. ** UNSC 2401- https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sc13221.doc.htm

Press Release: Third Day Of Bombings Traps Civilians in Rubble; Aid Agencies Desperate

Geneva, Switzerland - The death toll continues to rise as the relentless indiscriminate campaign continues against eastern Ghouta. There were 70 civilians killed today and over 296 wounded. A total of 13 hospitals and humanitarian facilities were also targeted, leaving thousands in a humanitarian catastrophe. One nurse was killed in the attacks. A total of 22 hospitals have been put out of service since Sunday. Today the following medical facilities were attacked: 1.      Al Rahma Medical Center 2.      Sakba Hospital (second time) 3.      Beyt Sawa PHC 4.      Mediara Ambulance System 5.      Al Yaman Hospital 6.      Jesrin Hospital 7.      Dar Al-Shifaa Hospital (second time) 8.      Douma Obstetric Center The following humanitarian facilities were also attacked: 1.      SDI Office 2.      Alseeraj Office 3.      SARC Center 4.      Saqba Civil Defense Center 5.      Jesrin Civil Defense Center   Dr. Ghanem Tayara, UOSSM Chairman and Birmingham UK GP said, "This is the third day of slaughter of the people of Ghouta. It is shameful and cowardly that they are using their full military force against non-military targets. Even war has rules and their actions violate countless UN Resolutions. In military battles, even the dead and wounded are allowed to be cleared. The civilians of Ghouta are afforded no such dignity. Their hospitals, schools, food warehouses are destroyed and they are condemned to a slow and painful death. There are men, women and children dying in collapsed buildings. It must stop now and aid agencies must be given immediate and safe access to the wounded. It’s a catastrophe! "   UOSSM Requests: 1) The international community take immediate action to stop the slaughter of the people of Ghouta. 2)Join the global advocacy campaign on social media #TogetherForGhouta, #BreakGhoutaSeige & #SaveEastGhouta. 3) Call, write and meet your local and national political leaders. Urge them to take actions to end the siege and open safe aid corridors into Eastern Ghouta for: medical aid, food supplies and the immediate medical evacuation of 600+ patients in critical condition.  4) Organize events and hold vigils on behalf of the people of Eastern Ghouta. 5) Donate to our "Emergency Appeal: Eastern Ghouta Fund" to support medical aid inside Ghouta."