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Syria: Aleppo hospitals report sharp increase of wounded following days of heavy bombing

Update, 28 September, 2016: Two surgical hospitals in east Aleppo were bombed last night killing two people and leaving only two medical facilities with surgical capacity left open in an area that covers 250,000 people.

The hospitals, supported by MSF among other organisations, have been severely damaged by last night’s indiscriminate bombing of the city and have been forced to halt all activities.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounces indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas in the besieged city which causes death of innocent lives.

Hospitals supported by MSF in eastern Aleppo have reported significant increases in the numbers of wounded patients, following days of relentless bombing on the besieged city. In just two days, MSF-supported hospitals report that 145 wounded people were admitted, and that they had registered 23 deaths.

MSF is deeply concerned about the effects on civilians of the bombing campaign, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas in a city suffocating under the effects of the siege.

High numbers of wounded

“People in Aleppo already suffocating under the effects of the siege, have yet again come under horrific attack”, said Carlos Francisco, MSF head of mission in Syria.

“No aid, including urgent medical supplies is allowed to enter. We are deeply worried by the high numbers of wounded reported by the hospitals we support, and also know that in many areas the wounded and sick have nowhere to go at all – they are simply left to die."

Since July, when the siege started, the people of east Aleppo have been left alone.

Targeting of medical facilities

“The world has watched Aleppo under siege and civilians killed and trapped and done nothing. The Syrian conflict is a devastating showcase of all atrocities that can be conceived of in a conflict zone.

"A horrific reality where the rules of war don’t exist and instead there is a total onslaught on civilian lives and infrastructure – including the relentless targeting of medical facilities." 

MSF supports eight hospitals in Aleppo city. It runs six medical facilities across northern Syria and supports more than 150 health centres and hospitals across the country, many of them in besieged areas. 

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