Syrian doctors appeal to President Obama for helpBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4458 (Published 12 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4458
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
A group of the few remaining doctors in the war torn Syrian city of Aleppo have written an open letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to intervene to halt the “atrocities” being carried out.
The plea came as the United Nations launched an investigation after evidence emerged of a chlorine gas attack on citizens still living in an area of the city held by rebel forces.1
Aleppo has been besieged by violent conflict since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011. Fighting has intensified in recent months as Russian backed Syrian government forces have targeted rebel groups that were controlling parts of the city.
In their open letter to the US president, 15 of the doctors serving the remaining 300 000 citizens of eastern Aleppo provided a harrowing account of their daily working …