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Idlib doctors denounce a lack of resources after the first infection in the rebel enclave occurred

July 11, 2020

Doctors in the Syrian enclave of Idlib, the country’s last major rebel stronghold, are completely overwhelmed and have decided to limit their operations to emergencies after the first case of coronavirus in the region was confirmed this week.

“Hospitals have suspended ambulances and are only receiving emergencies,” said Mazen Kewara, director of Turkey for the American Syrian Medical Society (SAMS).

Bab al Hawa Hospital, the site where the first infection was confirmed, remains completely closed to prevent the virus from spreading as far as possible in Idlib, a war-torn population with three million people.

Idlib doctors denounce a lack of resources after the first infection in the rebel enclave occurredIdlib doctors denounce a lack of resources after the first infection in the rebel enclave occurred

On Friday, Russia and China vetoed a compromise proposal to continue humanitarian aid to millions of Syrians at the UN Security Council, calling for an extension of the opening of two border crossings to Syria over the next two months.