April 7, 2018
BREAKING: Massive Chemical Weapon Attack Leaves 25+ Dead , 500+ Injured
Geneva, Switzerland – A massive chemical weapon attack was just reported in
Douma, Eastern Ghouta today. Early reports indicate 25 people have been killed and
over 500 civilians have been injured with the numbers set to rise. Many of the victims
were children. The attack coincides with numerous attacks on medical facilities in
Douma today rendering the largest hospital out of service and a Red Crescent
medical facility heavily damaged. The damage inflicted was amplified by the large
number of internally displaced people, forced to crowd tightly together in shelters.
There are an estimated 170,000 people remaining in Douma served by a small
number of doctors and medical staff.
The attack comes almost one year after the horrific Sarin gas attack in Khan
Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017. The attack killed 89 people, including 33 children, 18
women and injured over 400 people.
UOSSM calls for an immediate ceasefire in Douma, for medical aid to be allowed to
reach the victims of this attack, and for an immediate investigation into the use of
chemical weapons as a war crime.
“This is one of the worst chemical attacks in Syrian history. The lack of enforcement
and prosecution by the international community has singled to armed groups that it is
acceptable use chemical weapons with impunity. It is almost a year exactly since the
world witnessed the horrible attack in Khan Sheikhoun, and said never again. 33
children died that day. Is this some kind of sick joke? How many lives could have
been saved if international law was actually enforced? I am appalled and disgusted
with these attacks .” Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Birmingham GP and Chairman of
** Communication and medical verification in Douma is extremely limited due to the
Media inquiries and interviews please contact :
Name: Avi D’Souza
Global Director Of Communications
Phone: (647) 528-5029
About UOSSM :
UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux) provides free medical aid to
the people of Syria regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation.
UOSSM international, founded by Syrian Doctors around the world, started in 2012 and
operates 12 major hospitals and supports 120 clinics inside Syria. UOSSM has performed
over 1,000,000 medical treatments inside Syria since inception.
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