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A hospital damaged by an airstrike in east Aleppo. Photo: Karam Almasri

The situation in east Aleppo is rapidly deteriorating. The Syrian army took control over more than half of the original area of east Aleppo and continues to advance.

The population’s access to healthcare, already extremely limited, is being further restricted due to the heavy shelling and bombardments. The few health facilities still functioning and a handful of dedicated medical staff are under unprecedented pressure trying to save lives while risking their own.

MSF in a statement expressed outrage at the violence exerted against civilians and the passivity displayed by all those that can do something to stop it. MSF called on all warring parties to abide by their obligation to protect civilians in both the besieged areas and in areas newly taken over by the Syrian government.

 

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East Aleppo: Inside a hospital destroyed by an airstrike

09 December 2016

The aftermath of an attack on one of the key surgical hospitals in east Aleppo during airstrikes on 17 November 2016. The damage was so extensive that the hospital was forced to go out of service immediately. The hospital had an emergency room, an intensive care unit and a number of operating theatres providing orthopaedic and general surgery.

Access to health care in east Aleppo has now become next to non-existent for a population of more than 250,000 who desperately need it. They have been trapped under siege for over four months. Since the airstrikes resumed on the 15 November 2016, heavy bombings and clashes on the ground have left hospitals utterly destroyed.

MSF strongly condemns all attacks on civilians and breaches of international humanitarian law perpetrated by all warring parties in Syria.

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