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.

[END]

NOTES:
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 recent attacks can be found here: http://unityconvoy.com/pressphotos/

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

 

CONTACT
For more information and any interview requests, contact us on press@unityconvoy.com

British ambulances bombed in Syria killing two civilians

Islam21C

Please click here

Two dead as British aid convoy ambulances come under attack in Syria #SyriaWar

Middle East Eye

Please click here

Two people killed in aerial attack on British aid convoy ambulances in Syria

5 Pillars

Please click here

Unity Convoy | Video

Unity Convoy | Teaser Video

UNITY CONVOY FILM 🚑 🌍 Presents to you their teaser trailer... capturing some of the footage that will be released in our documentary.🌏 85 ambulances were driven over 4 days, across 5 countries to help save lives in Syria. Stay tuned...COMING SOON

Posted by Unity Convoy on Sunday, 14 May 2017
Ambulances donated by UK public saves lives in Syria within hours of arrival
Biggest ever convoy of emergency vehicles driven across five counties to Syria, where they are already being put to use

Click here to view

Volunteers Return Home from Record-Breaking Ambulance Convoy to Syria

Ambulance Today

Please click here

British ambulance convoy called into action in Syria

#SyriaWar

Convoy of 100 ambulances dubbed ‘the world’s longest ambulance convoy’ called into action the day after reaching Syria

Amandla Thomas-Johnson

Click here to view

‘World’s longest ambulance convoy’ defiant in face of police ‘harassment’

Volunteers for Unity Convoy have been detained and stopped by police in the run-up to 100-strong ambulance motorcade to Bulgaria.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson

Click here to view

The volunteers helping ambulances to get to Syria

The BBC has been given access to a group of volunteers helping to transport ambulances to Syria. Five charities took part in the biggest convoy of medical vehicles to ever travel from the UK to Syria.

Video journalist: Ed Ram

Click here to view

 

UK charities push for major convoy to Syria

100 ambulances filled with essential medical supplies will travel to the Turkey-Bulgaria border where they will hand over to Syria partners

Amandla Thomas-Johnson

Click here to view

 

Hundred ambulances set off on a mercy mission to Syria

A convoy of 100 ambulances has left for Syria to serve on the front line, aiming to save thousands of lives a month.

Kaya Burgess, Religious Affairs Correspondent

Click here to view

20 Malaysian youths to participate in humanitarian mission to Syria

Twenty Malaysian youths will join the international community for a humanitarian mission to Syria.

Aiezat Fadzell

Click here to view

20 Malaysian volunteers to Syria held for 7 hours at Heathrow, London

Malaysian volunteers for humanitarian mission under the Unity Convoy Ambulance for Syria faced their first challenge when they were detained for seven hours at the Heathrow Airport in London on Saturday.

Bernama

Click here to view