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Investigate death of British doctor in Syria, say campaigners

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7647
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The death of a British doctor detained in Syria after he tried to give medical assistance to war victims has caused outrage just as the United Nations attempts to negotiate safer access for humanitarian aid in the country.

Abbas Khan, a 32 year old trainee orthopaedic surgeon from south London, died in jail more than a year after he was arrested in Aleppo, where he had gone without a visa to help in a hospital. His mother had tracked him down after the Foreign Office failed to do so,1 and he told her he had been held in an underground cell for months and tortured. He was due to be released within days when authorities announced …

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