Rehyanli, Turkey (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
UOSSM condemns the attack on Reyhanli- Turkey that occurred on May 11, 2013 resulting in at least 40 people killed and over 100 injured, as reported byToday’s Zaman in an article published on May 11, 2013, titled “At least 40 killed, 100 injured in blast on Turkey-Syria border.” Reyhanli is considered a vital center of humanitarian and medical relief for Syrian refugees of the current crisis, as stated in the same article in Today's Zaman, “Reyhanlı, a main hub for Syrian refugees and opposition activity in Turkey's Hatay province, just across the border.”
Dr. Khaula Sawash, the Medical director of UOSSM's office in Reyhanli said, “We are shocked by this horrifying attack. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victim’s families, and to all people in Turkey.“ Describing the city of Reyhanli, Dr Sawah said, “Reyhanli is a vital center for humanitarian and medical relief. It is a city that symbolizes the sense of community shared between the Turkish and Syrian peoples. The hospitality and willingness to help are well noticeable among people of Reyhanli. It is common to see Turkish citizens opening up their homes to Syrian refugees.” Dr. Sawah added that, “It is saddening to see this appalling attack hit the city of Reyhanli, the same city that sets an example of international cooperation in the provision of medical and humanitarian relief works, as several international aid organizations have established their headquarters there.”
UOSSM extends condolences to families and friends of the innocent victims, and affirms that UOSSM stands in solidarity with Turkish people and Turkish government against this terrorist attack. UOSSM views the attack on Rehyhanli as a cowardly act, that intends to spill the crisis and violence across the border, and spread the fear and instability among Syrians, who fled their homes seeking safer places.
The UOSSM is a coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, independent organization, created following the deadly events in Syria, to provide medical and humanitarian aid to Syrians. UOSSM was established by 14 medical and relief organizations, and includes hundreds of physicians of mainly Syrian origins distributed in the United States, Canada, in Europe and in different Arab countries.