Syrian government defies principle of medical neutrality by targeting underground clinics

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8314
  1. James Gavin
  1. 1London

A prominent Syrian doctor who helped treat wounded protestors involved in the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad was found dead on 10 December, apparently shot by state security forces according to opposition sources.

Ibrahim Othman was a third year resident in orthopaedic surgery at Al-Mouassat University Hospital in Damascus. Originally from Hama—one of the centres of opposition activity—he graduated from Damascus University Medical School in 2009.

The 26 year old was a founder of Damascus Doctors, a network of doctors that secretly treats wounded protesters who are afraid to go to government run hospitals. He coordinated …

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