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Healthcare comes to standstill in east Aleppo as last hospitals are destroyed

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6322 (Published 23 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6322
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. London

Repeated attacks by government and allied forces in east Aleppo have left it with no functioning hospitals, Fadi Al Dari, country director of the charity Hand in Hand for Syria, has confirmed.

Since the war started in Syria in 2011 there have been 382 attacks on 269 separate medical facilities in the country, and 757 medical personnel have died, said the US based humanitarian organisation Physicians for Human Rights.1

Deliberate and strategic attacks on healthcare facilities in Aleppo were condemned by humanitarian doctors at the World Extreme Medicine Conference in Edinburgh last week. Saleyha Ahsan, a filmmaker and emergency medicine doctor, spoke …

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