Shortages Force Aleppo Hospitals to Cease Treatment Amid Regime, Russia Onslaught: Interim Health Minister

Interim government's minister for health calls on international community to pressure belligerents to stop indiscriminate shelling of Aleppo after 56 civilians were killed on Friday

Minister of health for the Syrian Interim Government Mohammad Jundi said that the brutal onslaught on Aleppo by the Assad regime, Russia, and the Iranian militias continues unabated in an unprecedented military escalation that began three weeks ago.

Local activists said that at least 56 civilians were killed in Russian and Assad regime air strikes on besieged eastern Aleppo and its countryside on Friday. The most intense strikes targeted the neighborhoods of Jalloum and Maadi as well as the town of Deir Jamal in rural Aleppo. The victims, mostly women and children, included 25 civilians who were displaced from the neighborhood of Jalloum.

Over 1,000 civilians have been killed and thousands more injured in the ongoing ferocious assault on eastern Aleppo since it was launched on November 15.

“Medical workers in eastern Aleppo are unable to provide treatment for the injured as a result of the acute shortages of essential medical supplies and lack of necessary medical equipment," Jundi said.

Jundi appealed to the United Nations and human rights organizations to exercise pressure on Russia and the Assad regime to stop the indiscriminate bombardment on Aleppo, pointing out that Moscow’s claims about a halt to the bombing on the city are outright lies.

Jundi warned that the constant bombardment of Aleppo is aimed at forcing the people of Aleppo out of their homes to change the demography of the city in a repeat of the Assad regime’s policy in the Damascus countryside and Homs province.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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