Syria Relief Medic Killed In Airstrike

It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Ibrahim Saddo, a manager for a Syria Relief Primary Healthcare Centre, was killed in an airstrike on the way to the facility in Maret al-Nasan yesterday morning (Tuesday 18th February 2020).

The Primary Healthcare Centre itself had been destroyed by an airstrike on Monday February 10th and Mr Saddo, a Syrian, was on his way to the facility to review materials.

Syria Relief’s Chief Executive, Othman Moqbel, says:

“It is with great sadness that we must confirm that a member of the Syria Relief team, Ibrahim Saddo, was killed in an airstrike whilst walking to the Primary Healthcare Centre that he managed in Maret al-Nasan, Idlib, which was itself destroyed 8 days previous. At the time of the strike, he was on his way to salvage materials that were not destroyed, when he was hit by a subsequent airstrike, killing him.”

“Ibrahim was a dedicated humanitarian, who managed a healthcare facility. His only concern was helping people stay alive. Yet in his effort to save others, he himself was killed. Despite the growing danger to our staff, Syria Relief are determined to continue Ibrahim’s legacy of saving lives and helping Syrians who have had their lives destroyed by this conflict. “Throughout this conflict, blatant disregard has been shown to the lives of aid workers, like Ibrahim, and for civilian infrastructure, like the healthcare centre he operated. Since the Idlib campaign started, six of Syria Relief’s schools and four of the healthcare facilities that we have worked in have been targeted. We are once again calling on all actors in the conflict to cease immediately in the targeting of civilian life and to ensure that NGOs can deliver our work without fear of being killed.”