Family of missing UK doctor says he entered Syria with £20 000 in medical supplies to provide aid

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f681
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The plight of a UK doctor who went to Syria over two months ago to offer humanitarian aid remains unclear.

Abbas Khan, 31, was detained while working at a hospital in Aleppo in November, and his family has not heard from him since.

The family believes that he is being held at an air force prison in Damascus, but the Syrian authorities have said that they have no information about the missing doctor.

Khan, a father of two who had been training in the United Kingdom to be an orthopaedic surgeon, initially went to Turkey with an aid agency called Human Aid to treat injured refugees crossing the border from Syria.

Most aid agencies had pulled out of Syria some months earlier because of the increasingly dangerous situation, but Khan reportedly heard refugees’ stories of people dying on the streets for lack …

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