Washington, DC – Russian airstrikes over the weekend targeted the only two hospitals in southern Aleppo, forcing both facilities to shut down and evacuate patients. Medical personnel on the ground are calling for the immediate supply of additional medical aid, ambulances, tents, mattresses, blankets, food, and baby milk to mitigate the effects of these illegal attacks.
The facility in the Alhader neighborhood of Aleppo, which is the largest hospital in the area, sustained a direct hit. This hospital provided vital CT, neonatal, and OB/GYN care for the local population. Several newborn infants were included in the patients evacuated from the facility. The second facility received damage from a nearby attack but no injuries have been reported. Roughly 350,000 civilians rely on these two facilities and the damage severely hinders their access to basic and life-saving medical care.