Press Releases - UOSSM International

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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.     Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

BREAKING: UOSSM Staff Killed, 8 Medical Facilities Attacked, Illegal Barrel Bombs Used

Geneva, Switzerland - Eight medical facilities were attacked today in Eastern Ghouta, for a total of 13 hospital attacks in 48 hours. Reports state there have been over 127 airstrikes today and countless mortars and artillery strikes. Barrel bombs, an illegal weapon which cause massive civilian casualties, have also been used. This has paralyzed the already crippled medical infrastructure in Ghouta. At least 200 civilians have been killed and over 700 wounded in the past two days. Many of the victims are women and children. Continue reading

BREAKING: New Bombing Campaign Hits 5 Hospitals, Among Worst Days in Syrian History

Toronto, Ontario- On the morning of February 19, a fierce bombardment began in civilian areas of eastern Ghouta, with at least 72 airstrikes. 97 civilians have been killed and over 500 wounded in 24 hours and the number is set to climb, as many may still be buried under the rubble. Five hospitals were bombed and put out of service and all area hospitals are out of service due to the attacks.  Continue reading

BREAKING: 4 Day Surge In Violence Leaves 237 Dead, 1250 injured, 7 Medical Facilities Wrecked

Toronto, Ontario- A four day surge in violence has left 237 dead and 1250 injured in Eastern Ghouta. Seven medical facilities have also been attacked throughout Syria, leaving thousands with scarce access to medical care when it is needed most.  On February 8 at 9:50 am Damascus time, the Mishmeshan Primary Health Center in Idlib was attacked, destroying it completely, and putting it out of service. Continue reading