Syrian doctor dies of wounds sustained by Russian airstrikes on Ariha's al-Shami Hospital

Orient Net 2020-02-01 11:31:00

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A Syrian doctor who was wounded during Russian bombardment on Idlib countryside died of his injuries on Saturday (February 1), Orient correspondent said.

Dr. Zakwan Tamaa, the director of al-Shami Hospital died on Saturday of his wounds sustained in Russian warplanes bombardment on the Hospital on the 29th of January, raising the number of civilian casualties in Ariha massacre to 13, including four children and six women.

On Wednesday midnight Russian warplanes bombed al-Shami Hospital, a bakery and civilian homes in the city of Ariha in Idlib countryside, killing 12 civilians and injuring 68 others, including 13 children and 15 women.

Doctor Zakwan had called his friend, Dr. Kutaiba two days before the Russian airstrike, asking for help to send his children to Turkey so that he can work better because the pressure is great, Dr. Kutaiba, the manager of Violet Organization wrote on Facebook. “He was a torch of activity moving between al-Shami Hospital and Violet Maternity Hospital,” Dr Kutaiba added.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has announced that he was setting up an internal investigation into the bombing of hospitals in Syria that had previously flagged their coordinates.

Several dozen medical facilities with links to the UN have been damaged or destroyed by bombs last year.

The Times has compiled a list of 182 no-strike sites by using data provided by five relief groups and compiling public statements from others. Of those facilities, 27 were damaged by Russian or Assad attacks since April. All were hospitals or clinics. Such a list is likely to represent only a small portion of the exempt sites struck during the Syrian war, now almost nine years old.

Under international law, intentionally or recklessly bombing hospitals is a war crime.

Dr. Munzer al-Khalil, the head of the Idlib Health Directorate, which oversees health care in Syria’s last opposition-held province, told NYT in December 2019 that many international donors would not support medical facilities unless they joined the UN’s deconfliction system. “Therefore, we did not have much of an option.” “We paid a price by sharing the coordinates of the medical facilities with the United Nations. And what we got lately, frankly, was more bombing of medical facilities, and more precise bombing, and more destructive than before.” Dr. al-Khalil added.

“We truly believe the world has abandoned us,” Dr. al-Khalil concluded his interview with NYT.