Turkey to operate field hospital in Syria’s Idlib

Turkish Red Crescent establishes field hospital with capacity of 50 beds in opposition captured province of Idlib, northwestern Syria

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Red Crescent has established a field hospital with a capacity of 50 beds in the opposition captured province of Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Red Crescent Deputy Director General Mintez Simsek said, “We have delivered a 50-bed field hospital to the Syrian medics. We have conveyed medical equipment and other necessary outfits to our interlocutors in Syria. The hospital’s setup has been completed.”

“The hospital has a surgery room, intensive care units, X-ray, ultrasound, and electrocardiography (EKG) devices. The hospital is also serving a polyclinic service,” Simsek added.

He has also called national and international organisations to come forward to provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

Idlib became  the second province completely lost by Bashar al-Assad’s regime forces after Raqqa was taken over by ISIS in January 2014.

The Fatah Army (Conquest Army), an opposition alliance founded in early 2015 to form a unified front against the Assad regime forces and ISIS militants in northern Syria, took over Idlib on March 28 following days of fighting with the regime forces.

In May, the Fatah Army took control of 'Jisr al-Shughur,' a city located west of Idlib where more than 150 of regime soldiers and officials were besieged in the national hospital before being killed or captured.

Situated near the main regime supply lines between Aleppo and the regime-held coastal provinces, Jisr al-Shughur is located in a strategically significant position and could potentially be a game-changer in the battle for Syria.

“The Assad forces keep killing people without any consideration that they are women or children. The regime forces have deliberately attacked against hospitals in recent days,” Simsek said.

“It should be considered a war crime.”

Turkey also hosts 1.7 million Syrian refugees who escaped the violence in their country in large numbers after the escalation of the Syrian Civil War in 2012.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the civil war started in 2011 between the Assad regime and opposition forces following the Arab Spring movement that swept a number of countries in the Middle-East and North Africa. 

TRTWorld and agencies