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International coalition supports Deir Ezzor health sector

By Waleed Abu al-Khair in Cairo


Rehabilitation work is slated to begin soon at Abu Hamam Hospital in Deir Ezzor province, with the support and funding of the international coalition. [Screenshot from a video posted by the Deir Ezzor Media Council]

The international coalition, in co-operation with the Autonomous Administration, has been providing vital support to the service sector in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, an official from the Kurdish Red Crescent said.

The region, liberated from the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the coalition, and administered by the Kurds, has suffered from both damage and severe neglect.

There has been little help from any other party to redress the destruction sustained by institutions, healthcare facilities and infrastructure during the battle to oust ISIS.

Kurdish Red Crescent official Azad Dudeki told Diyaruna the international coalition has been fulfilling its promises to the people of Deir Ezzor and northern and eastern Syria, with tangible results of its efforts beginning to show.

This includes the start of rehabilitation works on the Hajin Hospital on October 12th.

The hospital will offer health services to all residents of Deir Ezzor province, in co-ordination with the Health Authority of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, he said.

A large delegation from the international coalition attended the opening ceremony, Dudeki said, along with prominent figures from the region.

Work is expected to commence in the coming days on the Shaitat Hospital restoration project, he said. Once it is returned to operation, the hospital will serve the Shaitat region and surrounding villages.

Also slated for rehabilitation is the Abu Hamam Hospital.

Addressing a major need

Dudeki said the international coalition's support includes help with rebuilding and rehabilitating medical facilities, and the provision of the medical equipment and supplies necessary to provide services.

This assistance addresses a major need in the region, whose residents have had to endure the hardship of traveling to other areas to receive treatment, he said.

Dudeki said the rehabilitation work is being completed quickly and with the support of local residents, who he said are very satisfied with these contributions.

In contrast, he noted that in the parts of Deir Ezzor controlled by militias affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), residents are facing completely different conditions.

In these areas, health services are lacking, he said, and the militias have taken over hospitals, such as al-Shifa Hospital, and reserved them for their own use, thereby preventing civilians from receiving treatment.

The militias also have been confiscating homes in these areas in order to house their own forces and consolidate their control in the area, he said.

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