Press Releases - UOSSM International

BREAKING: Medical System In Idlib Crippled By Attacks, Including Chlorine Gas

Toronto, Ontario- Several medical facilities have been attacked and put out of service since Sunday, causing newborn babies to temporarily suffocate as their incubators lost power.The attacks left thousands with no access to medical care as Idlib experienced fierce bombardment, including a reported chlorine gas attack. This morning at 9 a.m. Damascus time, the Kafr Nabol Surgical Hospital, in Idlib, was attacked by three air strikes causing major damage and putting it out of service. Continue reading

BREAKING: Cave Hospital, Built Under 60 ft Of Rock, Wrecked By Powerful Blast

Toronto, A few hours ago, at 12:15 pm Damascus time, the Al Maghara (Dr. Hassan Al Araj) Cave Hospital in Kafr Zita, Hama was hit by five missiles from an airstrike. The hospital, built under 60 feet of rock, suffered extensive damage. The pharmacy was destroyed and there was extensive damage to the emergency department, which UOSSM supports, and ambulances. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Airstrike Against Hospital In Idlib, 5 Dead, Hospital In Ruins

Toronto, ON- On January 29 at 11:30 am Damascus Time, The Owdai Hospital (also known as Al Ihsan Hospital) in Saraqeb, Idlib was hit by two airstrikes, killing five people, including one child and two women, and injuring six medical staff and several other patients. The hospital was severely damaged and put out of service. The 18-bed hospital was the only public hospital in the Saraqeb district. Continue reading

Press Release: Suspected Gas Attack in Eastern Ghouta Injures Six

Toronto, ON- There was a suspected gas attack today in Douma City, in eastern Ghouta, at 6 a.m. Damascus time. Victims were treated with symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including difficulty breathing, discreet dyspnea, mild exaltation, no change in the iris, and the odor of chlorine on their clothing. Five women and one child were injured, treated, and discharged. One woman required more extensive treatment. Continue reading

BREAKING: Hospitals Attacked During Holiday Season, 11 Attacks in Wave Of Violence

BREAKING: Hospitals Attacked During Holiday Season, 11 Attacks in Wave Of Violence Toronto, ON- The holiday season brought a new wave of attacks on medical facilities throughout Syria. There have been at least 11 separate attacks on medical facilities since December 26, 2017, targeting medical facilities in Idlib, Hama and Eastern Ghouta.    Continue reading

URGENT APPEAL: Medical Evacuation of Four-Year Old Rama in Eastern Ghouta

  UOSSM calls for the IMMEDIATE medical evacuation of four- year old Rama Helweh from Eastern Ghouta to Damascus where she received treatment eight months ago. Rama is malnourished, diagnosed with lymphoma and has a malignant tumor in her throat which prevents her from swallowing most foods. Her last dosage of the required medication was eight months ago. Continue reading


  Gaziantep, Turkey- UOSSM launches the ‘Syria Solar’ Initiative on May 29, 2017, after 10 weeks of installation and months of testing and monitoring. The 480-panel pilot project is the first of its kind in Syria, and was designed to stabilize electricity in hospitals in Syria. Continue reading

Press Release: Kafr Zeta Surgical and Maternity Hospital Completely Destroyed

  The specialized surgical and maternity hospital in Kafr Zeta, Hama, was leveled this weekend after being attacked three times in 24 hours. The first attack happened on Friday April 28 at 4 p.m Damascus time causing damage to the facility and the outpatient clinics. The second attack happened on Saturday April 29 at 8:45 a.m. Damascus time. Continue reading

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