Syria: Safe location protects SA hospital

2013-05-08 00:00

THERE were no injuries in the Gift of the Givers South African hospital in Darkoush, Syria, after numerous attempts to bomb the facility.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of the Gift of the Givers said the “relative” safety of being located between two mountains and divine grace ensured that the munitions always struck the mountain or fell to the left or to the right into the river.

“While our team was in Darkoush mortars and shells landed all around the city … four rockets in rapid succession struck the mountain directly above the hospital around 11 pm one night.

“The civilian casualties are multiplying, now averaging 200 to 300 per day,” said Sooliman.

The bombing in the Darkoush region has been fairly intense, with shells landing not far from the home of the director of the hospital, Dr Ahmed Ghandour, in recent days. Yesterday afternoon a shell fell in the street about a 100 metres from the hospital. Shrapnel struck the casualty section of the hospital, breaking a window.

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