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Syrian Doctors Appeal for End to Bombings, Sieges in Aleppo

By VOA News August 11, 2016

A group of doctors in the battered northern Syrian city of Aleppo sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama describing the devastation there and pleading for action to stop sieges and attacks against civilians.

Aleppo was Syria's second largest city when civil war broke out in the county five years ago and remains caught in the battle for control between rebels and pro-government forces.

The fighting has included a numerous attacks on medical facilities, which the doctors wrote will wipe out medical services in Aleppo in a month if they continue at the same rate.

"What pains us most, as doctors, is choosing who will live and who will die. Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritize those with better chances, or simply don't have the equipment to help them."

Sieges in Aleppo left many people in need of food and medical aid. The United Nations has tried coordinated deliveries, but has been hindered by ongoing violence.

Attempts at U.N.-led peace talks, which included efforts by the United States and Russia to coordinate Syria's warring sides, have also been unsuccessful.

"For five years, we have face death from above on a daily basis. But now we face death from all around," the doctors wrote. "For five years, the world has stood by and remarked how 'complicated' Syria is, while doing little to protect us."

The doctors said they do not need tears, sympathy or prayers, but to be free from bombings and international action to prevent any future sieges.



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