Mercy-USA’s Medical Support Staff provide Hope and Care in Syria

The clinic sees an average of 750 newborns a month   Mercy-USA, with 20 years of experience in managing mother and child health clinics in some of the world’s most dangerous war-zones, is now operating most ambitious privately funded mother and child health clinic in Aleppo, Syria, where the need is critical.   Located in the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Hospital in the Al Ma’adi district of Aleppo, the health clinic is open and operating daily serving this district and surrounding districts. The staff of two physicians, two nurses, plus administrative personnel see an average of 600 women for free pre- and postnatal care and birthing services each month.   The clinic also sees an average of 750 newborns, infants and children each month for free pediatric care with special attention paid to the monitoring of their vaccination schedules and nutrition counseling. Our brave female OB/GYN physician is one of the very few women left to provide this vital care in the region.  ...

Islamic State Jihadists Execute 23 Civilians Near Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT:  Fighters from the jihadist Islamic State group on Friday executed 23 civilians, including nine children, near Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said. “The Islamic State group executed by gunfire 23 civilians, including nine children, in the village of Amiriyeh, north of Tadmor,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman. He told AFP that family members of government employees were among those killed near Palmyra, also called Tadmor in Arabic, as the jihadists closed in on the UNESCO world heritage site.  ...

IS group militants kill 16 in attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

  At least 16 members of the Syrian Kurdish security forces were killed on Wednesday in an IS militant group attack on a base in the northeastern province of Hasakeh, a monitor said. The Britain-based group said IS militants opened fire on Kurdish forces after the blast, prompting fierce clashes. All the attackers were killed, the Observatory said, without specifying the number of IS militants involved in the assault in the provincial capital, where Kurdish and regime forces share control. IS holds large areas of the countryside around Hasakeh and has attacked it on previous occasions. “IS terrorists targeted neighbourhoods (of Hasakeh city) with rockets and mortars,” killing three people and wounding four more, the official news agency SANA said. Clashes and fierce shelling in the area began on April 27, after Jaysh Al Jihad ambushed local rebels, killing six. East of the Syrian capital, the Observatory said rebels had regained control of a town and a key road leading to the besieged anti-regime bastion of Eastern Ghouta. “Regime forces collapsed and were forced to withdraw from the area,” the Observatory said. Last month insurgents including Al Nusra Front, captured the town of Jisr Al Shughour in Syria’s Idlib province, edging closer to the government-held heartland of Latakia along the coast. The conflict has killed 220,000 people and displaced millions since 2011, despite earlier diplomatic efforts by de Mistura’s predecessors – Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi. Excerpted from:...

Hayrat Aid’s 100 Aid Trucks Departing from All the Cities in Turkey

  Hayrat Aid continues to stand by Syrian people.  Having identified the essential and primary requirements of Syrian people and helped meet these requirements so far under the campaign “I Need You,” Hayrat Aid is getting ready to make 100 Aid Trucks arrived at the land of their oppressed brothers.   While Turkish charitable volunteers have been hope to Syrian people with the aid trucks they have prepared in their own cities, the 100th Aid Truck will be prepared with the support of Turkey. Considering the immediate requirements of Syria, the flour was determined to be the requirement of top priority in the prepared truck because there has been recently placed an embargo on such food products as flour to make it hard for the people to meet their needs for bread. The goal is to deliver 25 tons of flour on the 100th Aid Truck to ensure that the people will be less affected by such embargo. Hayrat makes an appeal in order to get public support for smooth humanitarian aid to less fortunate people, “You can type UN and send it as SMS to 3674, and you can donate TRY 5,00 at a time, or you can donate online as much as you wish.”   Source:...

Islamic Relief USA Joins CARE To Show Human Face of Syrian Conflict

Islamic Relief USA participated in “Life in Refuge” an event at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C., organized by CARE and with other NGO partners including, Save the Children,Syria Relief & Development, Syrian American Medical Society, OXFAM and the #withSyria campaign.   Life in Refuge uses art and visuals to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria by focusing on its impact on refugees, specifically women and children, on an individual level. One such display was developed by Islamic Relief USA, titled, “Scars & Smiles: Face & Stories of Syrian Refugee Children,” with photography from the field by Ridwan Adhami and a storyline written by Nada Shawish.   In 2012, Islamic Relief USA sent Ridwan and Nada to capture the experience of the refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.  The resulting photography and experiences from this visit tell a profound story that moved attendees of the exhibit. For Scars & Smiles creator and Islamic Relief USA Creative Director Ridwan, the point of the larger Scars & Smiles project is to show the human side of conflicts around the world through the intimate details of individuals who have been forced to live through them. “Seeing these images, kids and families, really breaks your heart,” said one Life in Refuge attendee Heba Ismail. “It’s not just numbers anymore. It brings a soul, a person, a name to the Syrian conflict.”   The photographs and the narrative were extremely moving for another attendee Zeina Alkhalaf who remarked how the photography showed the pain and the hope each refugee had.   “The most powerful thing that stood out was the name tags that said, ‘name withheld,’ from them,” she said. “How powerful is it...

64 Civilians Killed in Syria Coalition Strike, Claims Rights Group

  A Syrian rights group reported today that the death toll of civilians purportedly killed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition on a village controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria has risen to 64, including 31 children, as the US military said it is assessing whether to launch a formal investigation into the claim.   US Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that so far there was no information to indicate there were civilians present in the village.   He said US Central Command is assessing the claims of civilian deaths in order to determine if a formal investigation should be opened.   Earlier, US Central Command spokesman Maj. Curtis Kellogg said there was no indication that any civilians were killed in the airstrikes Thursday night on the northern Syrian village of Bir Mahli.   Warren said the aircraft targeted 50 Islamic State fighters and their camp. Kellogg said a vehicle was also hit. But the Britain-based based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which first reported the civilian deaths, said today at least 64 civilians were killed in the airstrikes on the remote village near the border city of Kobani.   Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said the dead include 16 girls and 15 boys, as well as 19 women. He said the airstrikes hit civilians, all of them Arabs, in their homes. The Observatory relies on a network of activists on the ground inside Syria. It was not immediately possible to independently verify the conflicting reports in the village.   Two videos and several photos purporting to show the aftermath of the strikes on the...