Last updated: 5 September, 2013

Syrian surgeon working for MSF killed in Aleppo

A Syrian surgeon working for Doctors Without Borders has been killed in the north of the country, the medical aid group said Thursday.

The charity, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement that the body of Dr. Muhammad Abyad, 28, was found on Tuesday in Aleppo province, where he was working at an MSF-run hospital treating victims of Syria’s civil conflict.

MSF referred to an attack but did not say how the surgeon had been killed or who may have been responsible.

“While the exact circumstances of Dr. Abyad’s death remain unclear, MSF condemns the attack against a surgeon who was relentlessly working to alleviate a desperate humanitarian situation,” MSF said.

“His death is a terrible loss to his family, to the patients that he was treating, and to MSF,” said the group’s general director, Joan Tubau.

“We are outraged by this attack against a young and highly motivated surgeon who was working to save the lives of Syrians affected by the conflict.”

MSF said such attacks “directly impact the ability of aid organisations to provide medical assistance”.

The group operates six hospitals and four health centres in northern Syria and says it carried out 66,000 consultations and 3,400 surgeries in the country between June 2012 and July this year.