Press Releases - UOSSM International

PRESS RELEASE: Syria Reports First Case of COVID-19, UOSSM Expects Parabolic Jump In Cases

Toronto, Canada- This weekend the Syrian Government reported their first case of COVID-19 in Damascus (not including Northern Syria). UOSSM projects a significantly higher number of cases that have gone unreported.  Over 80% of the medical infrastructure in Syria is operating at a limited capacity and COVID-19 testing kits are extremely inaccessible.  Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Cox's Bazar Refugee Camps at High Risk from COVID-19

Toronto, Canada- UOSSM calls on the international community to increase support for the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. On May 14, the first COVID-19 positive case within the Rohingya refugee community was confirmed. 132 cases have been reported at the wider district level in Cox’s Bazar. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 Imminent Threat In Syria

Toronto, Canada- The global spread of COVID-19 has created an imminent epidemiological threat to Syria and refugees in surrounding countries. Cases have been reported in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Israel and Turkey.  North Western Syria is particularly vulnerable given a population of close to 4 million people, including 1 million IDPs, packed into densely populated areas. Continue reading

BREAKING: 10 Schools and Hospital Bombed in Idlib Today, Killing Children & Teachers

Toronto, Canada- On February 25, 10 schools (including two preschools) and the Idlib Central Hospital were hit by airstrikes and ground attacks. Seven schools were in Idlib city, two in Maaret Tamsrin and one in Darat Izza. At least 21 civilians were killed including nine children and three teachers. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: 500,000 Children Displaced In Idlib, 7 Children Dead From Cold In The Past Month

Toronto, Canada- The intense military campaign in North Western Syria has displaced over 900,000 people since December, including an estimated 500,000 children. Freezing weather and a lack of adequate shelter have killed seven children, including one 7 month old child.  From February 1 to the 16th, at least 35 children have been killed by airstrikes and ground based attacks in North Western Syria.    Continue reading

BREAKING: 2 Hospitals Bombed in Aleppo, Syria Including Maternity Hospital, Last in Western Aleppo

Toronto, Canada- At approximately 11:55 am Damascus time on February 17, two hospitals were hit by airstrikes in Darat Izza, Aleppo.  The Al Kinana Hospital in Darat Izza was hit by airstrikes and sustained significant damage. The Al Fardous Maternity & Children’s Hospital in Darat Izza was also hit by an airstrike and sustained significant damage. Two staff were injured and no fatalities reported. Al Fardous Hospital supported a population of more than 300,000 people.  The two hospitals were the last operational hospitals in Western Aleppo. Since April 2019, there have been at least 78 attacks on medical facilities in Syria.  Continue reading

BREAKING: Three Medical Staff Killed Including UOSSM Driver in Targeted Attack on Ambulance in Idlib, Syria

Three medical staff were killed in a targeted attack on an ambulance yesterday. On February 6, 2020 at 8 pm Damascus time, an ambulance with three medical staff was directly attacked as it was headed to provide emergency services to victims of airstrikes in Idlib City. Abdul Rahman Hilal, a UOSSM driver was among those killed. At least three other civilians were killed in the attack and six were wounded. Continue reading

BREAKING: Four Medical Facilities Attacked Within 24 Hours in Idlib, Syria, Exodus Continues

Four medical facilities were attacked within 24 hours in Idlib, Syria further crippling a devastated health care system in Idlib. Today, at 5:40 pm Damascus time Al Hikma Hospital in Taftanaz Idlib was targeted by a barrel bomb 50 meters from the hospital causing damage and putting the hospital out of service. No casualties were reported. The hospital, supported by UOSSM, was operating on an emergency only basis and provided services to over 4800 patients in January.  Continue reading

BREAKING: Hospital Bombed, 80K Displaced in 48 hours, Hyperinflation in Syria

On January 29, 2020 at 22:40 Damascus time, multiple airstrikes hit Al Shami Surgical Hospital in Ariha, Idlib injuring four nurses, the director of the facility and an administrator (in critical condition).  At least six people were killed as they waited outside the hospital.The hospital was heavily damaged and put out of service. Since April 2019, there have been at least 74 attacks on medical facilities.  In the past 48 hours, over 80,000 civilians have been displaced from Ariha and Saraqeb, fleeing heavy airstrikes on civilian areas.  Since January 1, at least 138 civilians have been killed.   Continue reading

BREAKING: Aid Agency Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster, 35 Killed Yesterday By Airstrikes In Syria

UOSSM denounces the airstrikes on civilian areas of Idlib and Aleppo yesterday, January 21, within the de-escalation zone. The attack killed at least 35 civilians and injured countless more. Today, the airstrikes continued levelling areas of Maarat Al Nouman and Aleppo. In the past 10 days, 73 civilians were killed including 27 children and at least 11,700 families have been displaced.  Continue reading