A Syrian man receives medical treatment follwing a reported air strike attack bu government forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 18, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ALEPPO MEDIA CENTRE / ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
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An unprecedented aerial bombardment of Aleppo by the Syrian government has sent thousands of people fleeing in recent weeks and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation in the city.A doctor working in Aleppo, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said the majority of wounds he sees are among women and children, and the elderly.The doctor, who spoke to The Daily Star via Skype, is not an Aleppo native – he moved to the city over a year ago from next-door Idlib province when a call for extra doctors was put out.While the casualty figures are staggering, the number of doctors who remain in the city presents an equally grim statistic.Only nine hospitals are still functioning in the city – five trauma clinics, and four primary health care centers. In each center staff have been treating over 35 serious cases each day while across the city, the casualty toll has sometimes topped 100 people after the barrel bomb campaign began in earnest in mid-December. Last week a hospital in the Sakhour area in the east of the city was bombed.
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