Press Releases - UOSSM International

JOINT STATEMENT: Wave of Hospital Bombings Paralyzes Medical System in Idlib, Syria

  Gaziantep, Turkey- On behalf of the largest national medical NGO's in Syria; UOSSM (Union Of Medical Care and Relief Organizations), SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), SBMS (Syrian British Medical Society- UOSSM Member), Syria Relief (UOSSM Member), AHF (Al Sham Humanitarian Foundation , SIMRO (Sustainable International Medical Relief Organization), IDA (Independent Doctors Association), SEMA (Syrian Expatriate Medical Association), we demand that the United Nations take immediate action to protect medical facilities and civilians in Idlib and all of Syria. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Child Killed After Surgery By Heavy Airstrikes Against Cave Hospital

The last remaining hospital in the northern region of Hama and southern suburbs of Idlib was attacked twice and put out of service on April 22. The cave hospital was hit at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5:15 p.m Damascus time by a bunker buster missile. Five people were killed, including a girl who had just had surgery in the morning, her parents and two other patients. Two nurses were wounded, one with a severe spinal injury.  Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE : Child and Maternity Hospital Hit by Airstrikes 3 Times

 A Syria Relief child and maternity hospital in Idlib was targeted yesterday at 1:05 p.m. Damascus time, by three airstrikes causing extensive damage to the facility.  No fatalities or serious injuries were reported. At least five medical staff were wounded including a gynecologist and an anesthesiologist who were in the middle of an operation when the hospital was attacked. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: UOSSM Hospital Treats 114 People From Convoy Attack -Al Rashideen

UOSSM staff have been working tirelessly to treat 114 people injured from the convoy attack in Al Rashideen. On April 15 at 3:30 P.M. Damascus time, a large explosion in Al Rashideen hit a convoy of evacuees coming from Kefraya and Foah.  The carnage caused by the attack has left 126 dead including over 50 children. Continue reading

Press Release: UOSSM’s Response To Khan Sheikhoun Attack

On April 4th, a chemical agent was dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Syria. The nerve gas killed over 100 people including over 25 children and injured hundreds more.UOSSM’s Response:UOSSM staff were among the first responders to the attack. 38 victims, of which six were children and 12 were women, were brought to a UOSSM hospital to receive immediate treatment. 27 victims in critical condition were then transferred to specialized medical facilities in Turkey. Four patients admitted to UOSSM's hospital died from the attack. Patients were treated with oxygen, Atropine, Diazepam and Hydrocortisone. Continue reading

BREAKING: Idlib Chemical Attack Kills 100 Including 25 Children And Injures Over 400

Approximately 100 people have been killed and at least 400 wounded by a chemical weapon attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib. Today, at 6:30 a.m. Damascus time, warplanes dropped a chemical weapon on the neighborhood of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. At least 25 of the victims were children. Three UOSSM medical staff were affected by the attack, and rushed to the ICU, while treating patients. Continue reading

Press Release: Doctors Warn of Intensifying Airstrikes on Syrian Hospitals

  April 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON- Ahead of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the region, Syrian doctors have released a new report documenting a major increase in airstrikes on Syrian hospitals and medical facilities in opposition-held areas. The study, issued by the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, examines the conditions of 107 hospitals in northern and southern Syria and reveals that all were hit by airstrikes at least once in 2016 – some as many as 25 times.   Continue reading

Press Release: Medical Facility In Kafr Nabudah, Hama, Attacked and Put Out of Service

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2017 Washington, DC- A UOSSM supported medical facility in Hama was put out of service today after it was hit by a rocket. The UOSSM Kafr Nabudah Medical Facility was attacked at approximately 1:30 p.m. Damascus time, causing damage to the building, and putting it out of service. There was one minor injury to a staff member.    Continue reading

BREAKING: Syrian Doctor Killed By Chemical Weapon While Operating On Patient

A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members. The gas attack killed Dr. Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, while he was in the operating room.     Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Over 5 Million Syrians Without Water For 30 Days

Washington DC-  The bombing of the Ayn al Feeja water facility in Wadi Barada on December 24 has left over 5 million people without fresh, running water for the past 30 days. Concerns are growing over a health epidemic with a sharp rise in severe gastrointestinal cases, according to a doctor from Ibn Nafis Hospital in Damascus. Continue reading