Doctors Without Borders appeals Syrian government for access to Eastern Ghouta

تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 24 مايو، 2018 12:29:13 م خبر دوليإغاثي وإنساني منظمة إنسانية

Turkey - SMART

Doctors Without Borders asks Syrian government for permits to access Eastern Ghouta in order to provide necessary medical care for the people still living there.

On Thursday, the organization published a report saying, "Seven years after the Syrian government's refusal to provide entry permits for Doctors Without Borders to work in areas controlled by the government, we renew our demands to gain access to all areas (...) and Eastern Ghouta is an example among others that indicates the need for continuous medical care."

Mini Nikolay, the secretary general of the organization, added that the people of Eastern Ghouta have experienced extreme levels of physical and psychological trauma as a result of the Syrian government's military campaign in March. Nikolay noted that the organization's medical clinics in Ghouta received 5,600 injured civilians in the first sixteen days of the campaign.

Nikolay added, "We know that some of the men, women, and children in the besieged Eastern Ghouta have medical conditions not relating to the bombing. These conditions range between chronic cases and infectious diseases. The enormous numbers of affected civilians indicate the need for an urgent medical response regardless of who controls the area.”

Nikolay added, "We insist on giving medical aid whether the patient lives in an area controlled by the Syrian government or an area (...) outside government control. Our work is based on the needs of the patient and not on the politics of war."

Doctors Without Borders has been in communication with the Syrian government since May 2011 to obtain a permit to provide medical aid, as has the Ministry of Health and the Syrian Red Crescent; however, Doctors Without Borders has not succeeded in obtaining a permit despite frequent attempts, according to the report.

Doctors Without Borders has been supporting hospitals and medical clinics in areas outside Syrian government control, including Eastern Ghouta, since before the government forces seized the area weeks ago.

On March 10, 2018, Doctors Without Borders reported that two weeks of bombings on Eastern Ghouta killed 1,005 civilians, injured 4,829, and destroyed 15 medical clinics.

In mid-April 2018, the government seized Eastern Ghouta after a violent military campaign that killed and injured thousands of civilians and destroyed service facilities and infrastructure in the area.

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