Since the ceasefire in Syria ended, the city of Aleppo and its surrounding area have seen the worst of the bombardments in history. The main targets have been civilians and civilian infrastructure including busy markets, hospitals, water purification centres, rescue teams, first responders, mosques, and civilian homes.
It is estimated that around 250,000 people are under heavy bombardment.
One of the most lethal attacks occurred on the only remaining paediatric hospital in Aleppo city, causing 65 deaths. They included five volunteer rescue workers who were trying to save lives, and 14 patients and medical staff in a hospital that came under fire. The medics included Aleppo’s last surviving paediatrician, Mohammad Wassim Muadh, described by a nurse who worked with him as “the definition of humanity and kindness”.
In just 8 days,
- 263 civilians have been killed
- Including 57 women, 52 children & 137 men
- Around 415 people have been severely injured, mainly women and children
- In the last eight days 281 airstrikes took place on Aleppo city with an average of 35 airstrikes per day.
- Additionally more than 60 barrel bombs have been dropped on the city, 110 artillery shells and at least 18 SSMs (surface-to-surface missiles).
Islamic Relief is already on the ground in Aleppo
As one of the very few NGOs that still has an operational office inside Aleppo city, we are standing alongside the Syrian people and supporting them in their hour of need. Thanks in part to Islamic Relief, Aleppo’s makeshift hospitals are doing their best to operate on the severely injured and treat the wounded.
Additionally, in the last few weeks Islamic Relief delivered several shipments of medical equipment, emergency medical supplies and medicines to various hospitals and medical points inside Aleppo in anticipation of the expected increased number of casualties from the air strikes. Additionally, our monthly food distribution inside Aleppo is still ongoing and we’ve just finished distributing 2,400 food parcels one week ago.
However, as attacks have intensified, the need is greater than ever. Medical supplies are extremely low in the makeshift hospitals, yet the number of those injured arriving are increasing by the hour.