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Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:07

Regime Shelling Kills & Injuries Dozens in Idlib & Hama as WHO Seeks Access to Syrians Displaced in the South

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in artillery and rocket shelling by the Assad regime on Idlib and Hama countryside on Friday. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said that 210,000 displaced people who fled fighting in southern Syria were in urgent need of medicines and health services.

Activists said that rural Idlib came under heavy artillery and rocket shelling by Assad forces, especially the towns of Sarqib and Jisr al-Shughur. The shelling killed one civilian and injured many others.

Three civilians were killed and others were injured in artillery shelling by the Assad regime on the outskirts of the villages of Lahaya in northern rural Hama on Saturday. Local activists said that Assad regime’s checkpoints shelled farmlands located between the villages of Lahaya and al-Masasnah.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization called for access to 210,000 displaced people who have fled fighting in southern Syria and are in urgent need of medicines and health services, including some injured requiring evacuation.

In a statement on Thursday, WHO said that “up to 160,000 displaced Syrians currently seeking safety in Quneitra are inaccessible to health partners, raising concerns for their health.”

“The majority of people displaced are exposed to soaring summer temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius and dusty desert winds, with limited access to clean drinking-water, sanitation services, and adequate health care. In the past week, at least 15 Syrians – 12 children, 2 women, and one elderly man – have died due to dehydration, and diseases transmitted through contaminated water,” the UN agency added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)