Amid Syr­ian at­tacks, med­i­cal agency pleads to reach Aleppo

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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