Syrian conflict: The two largest hospitals were bombed in rebel-held Aleppo

Medics inspect the damage outside a field hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
Medics inspect the damage outside a field hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

The two largest hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo were bombed early Wednesday, knocking them out of service and worsening an already dire medical crisis in the besieged city, medical workers said.

Two patients were killed and three hospital staffers injured in the pre-dawn attacks, including a nurse and an ambulance driver, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, which runs hospitals in opposition controlled areas of Syria.

Since a cease-fire collapsed last week, the rebel-held eastern portion of Aleppo has been subjected to what residents describe as the most intense bombardments yet of the five-year-old war, with waves of Syrian and Russian airstrikes sending sometimes hundreds of injured people streaming to the city’s few remaining hospitals in a day.

‘Aleppo is being burned’: Residents cope with airstrikes

One of the affected hospitals was hit by five artillery shells, the other by an airstrike, between 3:30 and 5 a.m., according to reports from medical workers. One of the hospitals held eastern Aleppo’s only trauma center, they said.

There are now fewer than eight hospitals still functioning for what the U.N. estimates are 275,000 people living in the rebel held city and just 29 doctors to treat the floods of injured people, said Adham Sahloul of the SAMS medical organization, who is in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Neither hospital was seriously damaged and both are expected soon to function again, but their temporary closure will deepen the already profound misery of those being injured in the bombardments, he said.

“This is going to reduce capacity. They are in areas that are hit quite often and are densely populated, so this is going to be a problem,” he said. “It is very dire.”

The pace of the bombardments has slowed somewhat in recent days after a weekend blitz that killed some 300 people and injured nearly 700. Patients piled up on the floors of the hospitals and spilled onto the sidewalks outside because there were not enough beds for such a huge influx, according to witnesses and videos and photographs posted on social media.


Neither hospital was seriously damaged and both are expected soon to function again, but their temporary closure will deepen the already profound misery of those being injured in the bombardments, he said.

“This is going to reduce capacity. They are in areas that are hit quite often and are densely populated, so this is going to be a problem,” he said. “It is very dire.”

“We had to take the difficult decision to let the difficult cases die and attend to those who had better chances of surviving,” said Mohammed Tareq, a nurse at one of the hospitals. “Everything was topsy turvy.”

On Tuesday, 26 people died in the bombardments, including 23 who were buried under the rubble of an apartment building when it was demolished by an airstrike, according to the White Helmets civil defense group.

Aleppo has been completely encircled by government troops for the past three and a half weeks, and there are fears that medical supplies soon will run out. One hospital has already run out of anesthetics and the surge of casualties over the past week has dangerously depleted supplies at other facilities, said Sahloul.

The bloodshed coincided with the announcement by the Syrian government that it had launched military operations to recapture eastern Aleppo from the rebels who have controlled it since 2012, squashing any remaining hopes that the cease-fire plan could be salvaged.

The government is pressing ahead with the offensive and on Tuesday announced that its forces had launched a ground assault along one of the frontlines near the center of the city, though there was no evidence one had taken place.

Diplomatic efforts by the United States and Russia to solve the crisis have meanwhile lapsed since a hostile exchange on Sunday at the United Nations in which the U.S. envoy Samantha Power accused Russia of “barbarism” for its support of the Aleppo assault.

There has been no further contact between U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov since the U.N. clash, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Kerry will not however give up the quest for a negotiated settlement to Syria’s war, spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington.

“He has not closed the door on this diplomatic process and, as the secretary of state, he’ll never do that,” he said. “But that said, we’re under no illusions, given the intensity of the conflict in and around Aleppo over the past 72 hours, with barrel bombs, indiscriminate bombings, that we’re anywhere near.”





55 responses to “Syrian conflict: The two largest hospitals were bombed in rebel-held Aleppo”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar

    False! Only the amberialistic amricanz bomb hosbitals. amberialist brobaganda
    give me a seven ub I’m thirsty, and send this ubdate to hind and omega and the other morons
    Dr. Maher

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      hehehehe .. we are reduced to the comedy since the reality has become so perverse.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

        No danger, they’re brain washed zombies..even if a Christian well known Dr Antaki who’s in their sacrosanct Wikipedia, who never left Aleppo since five years of war say, we’re bombarded by Ala Nusra
        Ala Stinki (US immoderate).

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          One could pick any city … like Homs …

    2. Why do you switch Ps with Bs haboob? Are you dyslexic?

    3. Hind Abyad Avatar


      1. The USA is desperate and cannot, for once, have it their way. They resort to threatening the Russian people directly in Russian cities. That is plain sick.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar

          US acting sick like Prince Bandar.

    4. Talking about ‘ubdate’, didn’t you get the memo? -> US delivers weabons ztraid to al-Nusra, no middle men.–die-amerikaner-stehen-auf-unserer-seite–24802176

      I let you go now haboob. Keep that mekenseh moving – dirty fast food floors won’t clean themselves up and don’t forget to send immak some money for bread and electricity.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Read your answer and read hind’s answer right below, and check the exact same pattern in responding:
        – referencing virus riddled links from unknown sources
        – changing the subject
        – insults
        Same exact answers structures, patented Dr. Maher
        clap clap

        1. The pattern is in your head. Besides, I deleted the initial comment to send you this one instead.

          – The “virus riddled links” you refer to are websites that expose the USA. I’ll try my best to stick only to CNN next time.

          – The subject is on point. You don’t like it.

          – Insults? Didn’t you write “to hind and omega and the other morons”? Agh hypocrite haboob agh.

          Enough talk; keep that mekenseh moving.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            I’m glad hind believes you
            otherwise it would have been one lonely world

          2. You come here to fill up up your loneliness?

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            sure, that’s why I’m on yalibnan 24/7 replying to every single post, as if some Syrian agency hired me to do so

          4. By ‘Syrian’, you must mean Anglo-American.

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            slow to get it huh?
            not surprising considering the infamous school you graduated from

          6. Satire does wonder.

            Didn’t know AUB and EPFL were infamous.

          7. MekensehParty Avatar

            So now western education is worthy of praise?
            How badly did they damage what you have between your ears in Mazzeh to live in such a state of contradiction?
            Wait! Do you mean by AUB: Amrikan Ugetout of Baghdad?
            EPFL: Emmy Ptekol Fasolya Libneniyeh (wou bedarrit Omega)?

          8. For a second I thought you were criticizing something about the West.

            I didn’t study history or politics.

            Did you really throw a lamentable joke about mom, beans and fart – and then cracked up about it? Damn.

          9. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Same style as Y K, Macho inferiority complex.

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You come when you’re drunk and talk about Hind..saker bouzak ibn Y K

          11. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Laisse le manger ses poop corn en paix…

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Idiot lonely zombie.

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          KSTA, Köln, Deutschland..Lebanese potato ignorance..

        3. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Wat insults? Nobody insulted you, people thrown yout insults back at you
          clab clab

    5. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Who’s you damn Dr Maher talking him since four years

  2. Hind Abyad Avatar

    “When the US and NATO war of aggression was launched against Syria, Dr Nabil Antaki could have abandoned Aleppo to ensure his own safety. Instead he decided to remain and to serve the besieged people of his City, working with various local charities. Above all, he wanted to bear witness to the destruction caused by Western support for the foreign armed groups who have been systematically destroying Syria and terrorising its people for the last 5 years”.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      As Druze Sheik warned Israel and US two weeks ago.
      Druze fighters from Hader on the front-lines near Al Qaeda in Syria + allies in Tel Hamriya, Quneitra Countryside today (29/09/2016)Al

    1. Didn’t listen to what she said as you wouldn’t link to anything that’s not utter rubbish. She does look cute, though. Hope she does porn on the side.

      1. I did. Evil little skank. A blow up doll in human form. Wonder which verminous troll farm she works for?

        1. My bet is on something connected to “Russia Today” or “Sputnik”, or both.

          1. Yep. People like her and that Philips creature seem to represent scientific proof that sludge dwelling trolls can sometimes take human form.

          2. You have better things to do than rambling here. Go support the Neo-Nazis in Crimea.

          3. Putin says “hello”.

        2. Before you point the finger at anyone being a troll, have a good look at the one your rub yourself on 24/7: Y K.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Screwadje language is as filthy…

          2. Y Khara’s little dog. Both support Crimean neo-nazis.

        3. Hind Abyad Avatar

          Syria Girl Geopol Analyst, Contrib @JournalNEO @GIAnalytics, Media enquiries:

          Lowlife evil verminous Scradje

        4. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Putin’s ?? But then, you will tell me Russian Latex is better …

  3. John F. Kerry don’t get it!

    There will not be any negotiated settlement to Syria’s war, simply because Al-Assad and Putin will in this case end as losers.

    Putin and Al-Assad decided that the only solution for them is the military way, even if it means a very high collateral damage.

    1. He doesn’t get it, because he doesn’t want to.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

        It’s fake propaganda.. this is better.

      2. I become mute after such barbaric scene.
        Moreover, I do not understand why they need this photographic evidence?

        1. Mute? You mean dumber.

      3. ‘protester’ – HAHAHA! Good one!

  4. Hind Abyad Avatar

    Chemical weopons from Turkey in 2013.

  5. Hind Abyad Avatar

    Hariri North Atlantic Council recommends Condoleeza Rice

    “1) Overall strategy – the West needs to apply the Bush Doctrine to all state-sponsors of terrorism – Saudi Arabia & other Gulf monarchies, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Iran and other dictator states – regime change them all.

    2) Use stand off techniques more robustly – such as seizing control over state-sponsor-of-terrorism satellite-TV broadcasting (often supplied to Arab and North African state broadcasters by European satellite TV companies) and turning that propaganda weapon around and using it to promote democratic revolution through-out the region.

    3) Impose the West as sole agents for all oil tanker export sales out of the Gulf. Seize all oil tankers exporting oil and sell the oil, depriving regimes of oil profits.

    4) Now once you have an overall strategy in place, then you can look at specific military actions. Bombing prestige regime targets or threatening to if Al Baghdadi’s head is not on a spike within 48 hours.

    5) Partition Iraq & Syria. Iraq looks like it has to go three ways – Shia, Sunni & Kurds. If the 3 new states all want to join up together in an Iraq confederacy or union of some kind of their own free will, that’s fine too.

    6) Establish Western military bases in Iraq & Syria for training up the local armies. Better if we can supply them by sea or air rather than by long land routes which can have supply routes attacked by road side bombs and ambushes.”
    (Plan for Greater Israel a done deal)

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      sites of satires ….. how much ‘satire’ is the debatable … 😉

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