“As of October 2016, only five hospitals remain operational in besieged Aleppo to care for a population of 300,000 civilians, including more than 85,000 children. There remain only 29 doctors to treat the overwhelming number of wounded. Since the collapse of the ceasefire in September, over 1,700 airstrikes killed more than 550 people and wounded over 1,500, many of them children. SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) largest trauma hospital was targeted five times in one week, forcing it to close. Physicians for Human Rights has documented 382 attacks on medical facilities that have killed 757 medical personnel since the start of the conflict in 2011.” - Syrian American Medical Society
“Aleppo, a city that once used to be vibrant with its rich history and culture, has become a ghost city. What we are witnessing is the complete demolition of the basic necessities of life,” - Abu Rajab, Cardiologist, Aleppo/ Syrian American Medical Society
(4/3): The nightmare in Syria is a brutal, horrific, international tragedy...
Please see Carbuncle Moon blog of 8-7-16: “Barrel bombs…” and 6-21-16: “Total deaths of human beings in Syrian Civil War…”
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“Today -- among all of the other things that they do -- the Company makes Binky pacifiers in fourteen colors. President Hassan Rhouhani in Iran loves the shit outta them, especially the turquoise double sucker. He sends all his used Binkies to Assad in Syria. Assad goes through two a day. Syrian rebels are tryin to cut the Binky supply line between Iran and Syria. I heard some expert on Meet The Press say: cut off Assad’s Binkies and he could be in real trouble.”
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