Disaster in Northeastern Syria

The WHO expressed grave concern over the humanitarian health catastrophe unfolding as the Turkish military pushes into Kurdish-controlled areas in northeast Syria.
 
The Numbers:

  • Up to 200,000 displaced
  • Almost 1.5 million in need of health care
  • Up to 400,000 civilians in the conflict zone may soon require aid and protection, Reuters reports


Fresh attacks, closures and evacuations dealt more blows to health workers and facilities already strained by years of conflict. A facility near Ras Al Ain was attacked, injuring 2 health workers and destroying 2 ambulances.
 
Damage to a major water pumping station in Ras Al Ain—which supplies water to 400,000—also upped the risk for infectious disease outbreaks for the population, the WHO warned.
 
The WHO called on all parties to comply with International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians and health facilities.

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