Syrian government defies principle of medical neutrality by targeting underground clinicsBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8314 (Published 22 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8314
- James Gavin
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 …