As dead civilians of Aleppo lay in dirt and rubble, the remaining living and wounded are unable to seek shelter in hospitals and medical facilities. The reason? Every single medical aid in Syria’s rebel-held Aleppo is crumbled with heavy bombardments. Babies are evacuated from incubators by panicked medical staff as all the children’s hospitals are showered by air raids. The few remaining White Helmet volunteers can only do so much as they too are targeted and their equipment and vehicles have long been destroyed.
“[Health officials] say that they are specifically being targeted to make people give up,” Al Jazeera’s reporter Osama Bin Javaid said. “In the last few hours, two remaining hospitals have come under intense shelling by the regime.”
Recently, Turkey has opened a few hospitals on its border for Syrians who are desperately trying to evacuate eastern Aleppo. Turkish Red Crescent organization reports that its first 10,000 camps is under construction and will be settled within a couple of days. The fleeting Syrians evacuees are estimated to exceed 50,000, leaving Turkish humanitarian services under pressure to arrange for emergency clinics, tents, food center and mobile toilets.
Violence has escalated in the already war-torn city of Aleppo as aerial bombardments are heightened and the brutal winter only intensifies the aches of the lacerated Syrians. Along the hills of the Turkish-Syrian border, Dr. Salim and a small group of doctors in medical facilities run by a religious Turkish NGO called Humanitarian Relief Foundation have devoted themselves to treat the Aleppian evacuees.
Patients are continuously being wheeled in as injuries range from broken bones to gashed heads to limbs in the need of amputation. Among many of the patients, Muhammad Hamza and his son Yusuf are the only survivors of an airstrike. Six-year-old Yusuf’s anguishing cries can be heard from wards away as he begs to return to the rest of his family, especially his mother. “My child cries for his mom. I told him your mom is dead.” the wounded father said, as he comforted his son.