Over 770 killed in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta in 10 days: MSF

Damascus Shelling and bombing continued in Syria's opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, preventing evacuation of those wounded from the area and humanitarian supplies to the district, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans FrontiAres (MSF) said on Friday.

Between February 18 and 27, more than 770 people were killed, and 4,050 others injured as a result of the conflict in the area, MSF said in a statement.

These figures are, however, an underestimate since they are reported by only some of the medical facilities with which the MSF is cooperating, the MSF office noted.

The statement said that there are also other medical facilities operating in Eastern Ghouta, which do not report to the medical humanitarian organization. It added that 15 out of 20 local medical facilities supported by the MSF have been hit by bombing or shelling.

Moreover, three MSF-supported medics were killed and eight others injured since the escalation of the situation in Eastern Ghouta on February 18. The agency said outpatient services are almost entirely inactive in the medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta since many outpatient departments have been turned into post-operative or inpatient wards.

On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 demanding all parties to Syria's seven-year-long conflict to immediately cease hostilities and adhere to a 30-day ceasefire to ensure the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as the medical evacuation of the wounded.

Source: International Islamic News Agency