20/11/17

Two dead after British ambulances targeted in Syria aerial bombing

Unity Convoy today called on the British public to continue to support aid efforts in Syria as its ambulances were hit in an aerial attack which killed two civilians – including a medic – and injured ten.

Shocking images from war-torn Idlib City in northern Syria show six Unity Convoy ambulances buried in the rubble and destroyed.

The ambulances formed part of the world record-breaking convoy of 100 ambulances that were driven to Syria from the UK by a coalition of charities under the umbrella of Unity Convoy.

The ambulances have been able to save hundreds of lives in a part of Syria that has been dubbed “the new Aleppo” because of the humanitarian catastrophe that has unfolded as a result of intense fighting on the ground and aerial bombing.

The UN estimates that of the two million people living in Idlib province, 700,000 are internally displaced.

  • Dr Moustafa Manaam from Syria Health Directorate, said: “This horrific targeting of innocents further proves the need for foreign aid. Our internal aid has been cut off and we are completely reliant on the outside world. We are calling on the world to keep on giving.”

 

  • Official Unity Convoy spokesperson, Alim Shamas said: “The direct bombing of our ambulances is an outrage.”

 

  • Human Aid UK’s Operations Director, Jilu Miah said: “The Syrian civilian residents have been deprived from access to medical care and other basic services. Where national authorities have failed to protect civilian populations in this regard, humanitarian organisations need to intervene to help protect the rights of those affected.”

 

  • Anaya Aid’s CEO, Tahir Malik said: “Each time an ambulance is destroyed, whether it is targeted or in an indiscriminate attack on civilian areas, it deprives Syrians of another lifeline.”

Unity convoy will continue to fundraise for essential medical supplies and raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

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1. Unity Convoy is an independent body made up of a consortium of charity leads sharing the vision of ‘unity’ in humanitarian work. United to deliver Ambulances to Syria. Further updates and articles will be available for view from the official Unity Convoy websitewww.unityconvoy.com.

2. Photos from the Unity Convoy recent attacks can be found here:http://unityconvoy.com/pressphotos/

Any images used must be credited to “UnityConvoy.com”

 

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26/06/17

UK AMBULANCES ARRIVE IN SYRIA TO SAVE LIVES.

Ambulances donated by the British public have arrived in Idlib, Syria and are saving lives and treating casualties from the war. The fully equipped Ambulances were part of a coalition of charities called, Unity Convoy which departed the UK in April, this year. The Ambulances were driven across five countries, by teams of volunteers, before being transported across the Turkish border and into Syria on the 20th of June. They have now been delivered to local hospitals, who are already putting them to use, saving lives. The areas surrounding Idlib, Syria were considered relatively ‘safe’ and have been hosting internally displaced families, yet they are still being subject to bombardment and shelling.

A day after our Ambulances entered Syria, our Unity Convoy Ambulance Response Team were immediately dispatched to a Bomb Explosion scene in Idlib City. Dr Moustafa – Idlib Health Directorate stated: “As soon as we received the Unity Convoy Ambulances, we heard an explosion nearby. The ambulance response team immediately set off to the area of the incident. As we arrived on the scene, we realised a bomb explosion had just gone off in the market. There were a total of six casualties, three casualties were taken by the Unity Convoy ambulances that we just received and three by an ambulance sent on a previous convoy by UK charities. As the casualties were being brought into the hospital, it was clear that one person was confirmed dead.” Alim Shamas – Spokesperson for the Unity Convoy said in relation to this event: “The British public can be proud of their contribution to the humanitarian effort in Syria over the past years. This is yet another example of that contribution.” The Unity Convoy is a wonderful example of the great results that can be achieved through both determination and strong partnerships. Unity Convoy partnered with a host of charities to support the Syrian humanitarian medical sector, enabling them to save countless lives. Unity Convoy hopes that the humanitarian situation in Syria will improve. But unfortunately, the events on the ground do not indicate an end to the suffering of the Syrian people any time soon. But for now, what is important is to sustain the medical care for the people of Syria. We would like to thank everyone that supported the Unity Convoy and helped make this a reality.

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Unity Convoy is an independent body made up of a consortium of charity leads sharing the vision of ‘unity’ in humanitarian work. United to deliver Ambulances to Syria. Further updates and articles will be available for view from the official Unity Convoy website www.unityconvoy.com.

More information on the convoy journey here: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-39701261/the-volunteers-helping-ambulances-to-get-to-syria and here: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/world-s-longest-ambulance-convoy-defiant-face-police-harassment-589946840 and here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-40402361/retired-uk-ambulances-saving-lives-in-syria

Photos from the Unity Convoy can be accessed from this location:www.unityconvoy.com/photos/.

Any images used must be credited to “www.unityconvoy.com”

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02/05/17

Volunteers return home from record-breaking ambulance convoy to Syria

163 British volunteers and 20 Malaysian volunteers who travelled on the longest ambulance convoy to ever depart for war-torn Syria have returned home safely yesterday. Unity Convoy, an ambitious project made possible through the combined efforts of several UK charities, has now successfully completed a major milestone. A record-breaking, 85 ambulances were driven by volunteers from London to the Bulgaria-Turkey border, where they were handed over to lead charity partners Hand in Hand for Syria. Official Unity Convoy spokesperson, Alim Shamas said: “Hand in Hand for Syria have organised for the ambulances to be transported across Turkey and distributed inside Syria”. CEO Hand in Hand for Syria, Faddy Sahloul, said: “I want to congratulate all the volunteers, Unity Convoy charity partners and the official governing authorities across Europe that have helped achieve this amazing feat. This will no doubt help save hundreds of innocent peoples’ lives inside Syria”. Human Aid UK’s Operations Director, Jilu Miah said: “I am so proud of all our volunteers who truly made this the people’s convoy – created out of the generosity and compassion of ordinary people from the UK for the beleaguered people of Syria. It was an enduring and testing journey, but all volunteers displayed exemplary behaviour throughout and worked with border authorities across Europe to help safely deliver all the aid”. Anaya Aid’s CEO, Tahir Malik said: “I want to especially thank the BBC for their transparent coverage of the convoy leaving the UK, and all of our media partners on this amazing journey”. As volunteers returned home they were welcomed by family, friends and well-wishers as heroes, that braved the risk of being profiled by UK border authorities, in exchange for the betterment of the people of Syria. Both Jilu Miah and Tahir Malik will remain in Bulgaria for a few days with a small group of volunteers, in order to finalise arrangements for moving the ambulances into Turkey.

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1. Unity Convoy is an independent body made up of a consortium of charity leads sharing the vision of ‘unity’ in humanitarian work. United to deliver Ambulances to Syria. Further updates and articles will be available for view from the official Unity Convoy website www.unityconvoy.com. 2. Photos from the Unity Convoy can be accessed from this location: Click Here. Any images used must be credited to “Unity Convoy”

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17/01/17

Spring ‘Unity Convoy’ Brings Hope to the People of Syria

A ray of hope was lit for the people of Syria in the UK this morning, as a consortium of charities have come together for the first time in order to drive a convoy of 100 ambulances across Europe for the war-torn country. Unity Convoy has been launched in a move to unite all charities behind the humanitarian need for ambulances and medical equipment. The scale of the humanitarian crisis has forced many charities to come together and address the dire need for ambulances and medical equipment across the country. Official Unity Convoy spokesperson Alim Shamas said: “We are calling on all supporters of basic humanity to unite and help the people of Syria by donating towards the cost of an ambulance, and praying for the people of Syria. Together, we can make a difference to thousands of innocent lives who are in desperate need of medical assistance.” The elected lead charity for the Unity Convoy is Hand in Hand for Syria, who will be facilitating the handover of ambulances into Syria. CEO Faddy Sahloul of Syrian origin said: “The plight of the Syrian people means they are constantly in need of ambulances and medical supplies. If the countries of the world cannot unite to resolve the greater problem, I believe the charities that makeup Unity Convoy can unite to address this basic need, and send a clear message to the people of Syria – the world is with you.” The convoy of 100 ambulances will be departing from the UK on the 30th of April 2017, travelling by road through Europe and heading for the Bulgarian border with Turkey. To complete the final leg of the convoy, the ambulances will be handed over to the Syrian partners of the consortium, who will deliver and distribute the ambulances inside Syria. Director for Human Aid UK, Jilu Miah said: “we share the vision behind Unity Convoy and fully support the concept of charities coming together.” CEO for Anaya Aid, Tahir Malik said: “This is a great opportunity to promote safer giving to Syria, bona fide charities coming together for what can only be described as the people’s convoy. Created by the people, for the people.” These ambulances will provide some welcome relief for the people of Syria, as the six-year-long conflict has resulted in increasing numbers of victims requiring urgent medical care on the ground. According to a UN report, more than 11.5 million Syrians are in need of urgent medical healthcare. Hospitals and medics have been repeatedly targeted since the war started in 2011. According to the Physicians of Human Rights there have been 757 health workers killed and 382 attacks on medical facilities throughout the conflict. Other members of the Unity Convoy consortium include International Humanitarian Relief (UK) and Global Relief Trust UK. Unity Convoy will be providing updates on all events leading up to the convoy through its social media channels. There will be videos, photos and articles available for view from the official Unity Convoy website www.unityconvoy.com For more information contact us on:

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Unity Convoy is an independent body made up of a consortium of charity leads sharing the vision of ‘unity’ in humanitarian work. United to deliver Ambulances to Syria.