SA-run hospital in Syria hit in airstrike

2015-05-05 08:00
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Cape Town - A hospital in Syria run by South African charity, Gift of the Givers, has been bombed in an airstrike, it was reported on Tuesday.

Government warplanes reportedly fired a missile into the field hospital, said website Shaam News Network.

Gift of the Givers’ Fekri Shaban told eNCA that the organisation believed it was a government strike.

Several people were injured and eNCA reported that windows were shattered and doors destroyed.

The hospital treats about 10 000 patients monthly.

In 2013, a Gift of the Givers team led by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman crossed the border from Turkey into Syria to render medical care to people displaced by the country’s civil war.

Gift of the Givers members told News24 reporter in Nepal, Jeff Wicks, that “they feared the attack may come and they evacuated and moved all the equipment out two weeks ago”.

Attempts by News24 to get comment from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation on Tuesday morning were unsuccessful.

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