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The Berm: Two months on for the 75,000 people trapped without aid

About 75,000 Syrians remain stranded in extreme conditions with little or no food, medical assistance, and water after a bomb attack which resulted in the closure of the Jordan/ Syria border in an area referred to as “The Berm” in June. 

Since this incident, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has not been able to access the Syrians stranded at the Berm.

We have also not been able to provide urgent life-saving medical care through our emergency surgical programme to the war-wounded, who are being denied access through the north-western borders.

MSF is calling for unhindered access to the stranded Syrians to ensure the provision of essential health care and hopefully a long-term solution to ensure their protection.

Prior to the closure of the border, war-wounded were being evacuated regularly and systematically from Dara’a governorate in southern Syria, and to Ramtha hospital where MSF runs an emergency surgical project.

Interview with MSF medical team leader, Natalie Thurtle:

Interview with MSF head of mission in Jordan, Luis Eguiluzin:


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