Turkish attacks on clinic in Syria’s Kobani cause $200,000 in losses – AANES

KOBANI, Syria (North Press) – An official in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) stated on Tuesday that damages caused by Turkish airstrikes on Meshtanour Medical Center in the city of Kobani, northern Syria, are estimated at $200,000.

Ahmad Mahmoud, co-chair of AANES’ Health Board in Kobani, told North Press that the Center had various departments and provided medical services in partnership with the Health Board in Kobani, Médecins du Monde (MDM) Organization, and an association in Germany.

The center consisted of five main departments, Medical Clinics, Diabetic Foot Center, Emergency, Vaccines, and Psychological Support, according to Mahmoud.

He added that the Turkish airstrikes completely put the center out of service, in addition to causing damages to ambulances.

Mahmoud noted that the Center provided services to about 500 patients per day in all departments. About over 110,000 patients benefited from the center’s services every year, including the Psychological Support department.

Mahmoud appealed to human rights and humanitarian associations and organizations, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to put an end to Turkish airstrikes on health centers and medical facilities.

On Dec. 25, Turkish warplanes targeted several sites in Kobani and its countryside, including a medical center supported by MDM.

By Fattah Issa