There are no hospitals left in Aleppo, as bombing intensifies in Syria

Violenti bombardamenti hanno colpito due ospedali nella giornata di sabato ad Aleppo, in Siria. Oltre cento i morti tra i civili, compresi 17 bambini.

Two hospitals have been bombed in Aleppo, Syria, by pro-government forces of Bashar al-Assad on 19 November. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, airstrikes have killed at least 107 civilians, including 17 children. The facilities, including one children’s hospital, have been destroyed: “There are no hospitals left” in rebel-held Aleppo, head of Médicins du Monde Joël Weiler told French newspaper Express. The World Health Organisation has confirmed that all medical facilities have been destroyed.

200,000 people could flee war-torn Aleppo

“There have been 126 air raids on hospitals since January, even if the Geneva Conventions protect wounded civilians and fighters. We’ve run out of personnel and equipment,” added Weiler. “The last rations have been distributed on the 17th of November. They want to starve people. We’ve been denouncing the situation for months”.

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Civilans fleeing bombing in Aleppo ©Jawad al Rifai/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

From a humanitarian point of view, in fact, Aleppo is on the brink of collapse. “Due to intensified military operations, 200,000 people could escape to Turkey by the end of December. It would be a catastrophe,” said United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

The UN wants the humanitarian plan to be implemented

The United Nations has reminded that a humanitarian plan was sent to all parties to the conflict. “The plan covers delivery of food and medical supplies, medical evacuations and access for health workers. The plan has to be implemented and we should be granted an immediate and safe access to the area”.

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UN special envoy for the Syrian crisis Staffan De Mistura ©Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

It has also been proposed to establish an autonomous administration run by rebels in Eastern Aleppo. However, the proposal has been refused by Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Moullem.

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