A delegation of the Cuban embassy in Syria, led by business manager Pablo Ginarte, visited the Yussef Azmeh military hospital in the Mezzeh neighborhood of Damascus, Syria on Thursday.
Hospital director Brigadier General Ghassan Haddad said that despite Western sanctions, military hospitals in Syria remain operational. He explained that numerous injured people were treated at the hospital between 2013 and 2015, adding that seven cases of military personnel injured by chemical attacks and toxic gases perpetrated by terrorist groups around Damascus were also treated.
“For Syrians, it is World War III,” said Haddad, who spent four years receiving medical training at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He also lamented how depressed he felt when he saw several young men whose bones were destroyed by bombs and bullets from heavy weaponry.
One of those wounded by a bomb, 20-year-old Ali Ibrahim, recalled that he and seven other soldiers attempted to defuse a bomb in a Damascus building during heavy fighting. However, the bomb “blew up and one of us was killed and all the others wounded.”
The Deputy Minister who is the head of the national committee for implementing Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, reiterated that the enemies of Syria did ‘not have already anything to use but the issue of chemical weapons to justify their relation with terrorist organizations, and that is cheap propaganda to defame’ our country.
The Syrian Army claimed on Thursday that a United States-led airstrike hit a chemical weapons depot under the control of Islamic State group, killing hundreds of people including civilians. The U.S., however, has rejected the suggestions.
A U.S.-led airstrike mistakenly killed 18 members of a Kurdish and Arab militia backed by Washington south of the Syrian city of Tabqa, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
The Chilean government said Sunday that the country was ready to receive 60 Syrian refugees as part of an agreement between the government and the Arab community.
A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a statement Sunday slamming the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base Friday and saying that Washington had already crossed many “red lines” in Syria.
The situation in Syria “amounts to an international armed conflict” following U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters on Friday.
“Most of these people had taken shelter in this building from the fighting and the planes. They were hiding for their lives,” said one witness.
Reports emerged Wednesday that U.S. planes bombed a school sheltering displaced civilians just west of the Syrian town of Raqqa, killing an estimated 33 civilians.