Amid Syrian attacks, medical agency pleads to reach Aleppo
BEIRUT >> An international medical aid agency pleaded on Monday for access to treat the wounded in the eastern, rebel-held part of Syria’s Aleppo even as government forces pressed on with their offensive to retake that part of the embattled city.
Doctors Without Borders, which supports eight hospitals in Aleppo’s besieged eastern quarters, said that only 35 doctors remain in eastern Aleppo, amid an estimated population of 275,000.
The organization said in a statement that the medical workers in Aleppo are exhausted and facilities facing an impending fuel shortage.
Eastern Aleppo’s Health Directorate said the wounded were sleeping outside overcrowded hospitals, waiting for care.
Syrian government forces and their allies have kept eastern Aleppo under siege since July. The U.N. has warned that the bombardment by Syrian and Russian warplanes could leave thousands dead by year’s end.