Chief physician at the Avril Hospital in Afrin, Dr. Ciwan Mihemed stated that 170 civilians lost their lives and 460 others got wounded as a result of ongoing attacks against Afrin.
Civilian casualties are on the rise as the Turkish army and allied gangs continue their invasion attacks against Afrin Canton of Northern Syria.
Chief physician at the Avril Hospital in Afrin, Dr. Ciwan Mihemed stated that according to the data recorded by hospitals in Afrin, 170 civilians lost their lives and 460 others got wounded as a result of attacks. He said that till the last week, 26 of the dead civilians were children, 17 women and 11 men, while 80 of the wounded civilians were women and 60 were children.
Dr. Mihemed said the followings regarding casualties; “An entire Arab family with 25 members all died as a result of aerial bombardments in Gobel. People in border villages have taken precautions. They are taking shelter in caves, under the ground. However, people in inner regions are unprepared and for this reason, most of the losses are from these regions. Among all the casualties, I have seen only a few people that were killed or wounded by bullets. Most of them died or suffered wounds in aerial strikes or artillery attacks. People’s bodies are torn into pieces. When we look at children’s bodies, we ask where human rights are.”
Remarking that the number of civilian casualties is higher that the recorded figures, Dr. Mihemed said the following; “Some high buildings were demolished by bombardments and attacks and people remain trapped under rubble. Rescue teams cannot reach them as they are in war zone. This is what we are told by the people that managed to get out of those areas. For this reason, the exact number of losses is higher.”
Regarding their medical resources and needs, Mihemed said that; “As the health staff of Avrin Hospital, we are always ready and on duty 7 days 24 hours. Since the beginning of the war, we have made calls to international organizations but they paid no attention. We will not call out to them anymore. We are trying to meet our medical needs with the support of our people.”