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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 29, 2016) — A Save the Children-supported maternity hospital in Idlib, Syria was bombed today. The hospital serves over 1,300 women and performs over 300 deliveries each month. Save the Children is working to confirm reports of casualties among the patients and hospital staff.
Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles said: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic bombing of the maternity hospital in Idlib. Our thoughts and hearts are with the patients, staff, and their families."
"Continued bombings and attacks in Syria are leading to an increasingly desperate situation for the estimated 100,000 children trapped in the besieged areas. Indiscriminate attacks on civilians must end. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach those who need it most," said Miles.
Save the Children supports the hospital through its partner, Syria Relief. The hospital has six incubators for premature babies, and an outpatient clinic for supporting pregnant women and providing after-delivery care. The closest hospital providing similar services is 43 miles away.
To support Save the Children’s efforts to provide life-saving help to children in Syria, visit http://savethechildren.org/Syria.
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