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Syria's wounded getting poor care

09 February 2012, 13:00

Paris - Doctors Without Borders has quoted Syrians as saying that many civilians who have been wounded in their country's violence are unable to get adequate medical treatment - in part because security forces have taken over many public hospitals.

The aid group released a video in Paris on Wednesday showing interviews with 10 wounded Syrians and 5 Syrian doctors who have fled the nation.

The unidentified witnesses said many wounded are afraid to go to such hospitals for treatment, knowing that Syrian authorities could arrest them and subject them to interrogation or even torture. Instead, some get whatever treatment they can in private clinics or makeshift hospitals in homes.

Doctors Without Borders, which is not authorised to work in Syria, said it could not independently confirm the Syrians' accounts.

- AP

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