Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrian NGOs Respond in Wake of Douma Attacks

Syria Relief and Development personnel care for people injured in the wake of the attacks in Douma, Syria on April 7. Direct Relief is supporting the group's on-the-ground healthcare efforts with medical resources. (Photo courtesy of Syria Relief and Development)
Syria Relief and Development personnel care for people injured in the wake of the attacks in Douma, Syria on April 7. Direct Relief is supporting the group's on-the-ground healthcare efforts with medical resources. (Photo courtesy of Syria Relief and Development)

An attack on the Syrian town of Douma Saturday killed more than 40 people and injured hundreds, many of them women and children.

Survivors flooded nearby hospitals bearing symptoms consistent with chemical gas exposure, according to the American Relief Coalition for Syria.

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Emergency medical supplies from Direct Relief are already en route to Syria Relief and Development, a humanitarian group helping care for the thousands fleeing escalating violence in Douma and the broader region of Eastern Ghouta.

“Nearly 64,000 people have now been evacuated from Ghouta and resettled in Northern Syria,” said Amany Qaddour, regional director for Syria Relief and Development. “We’ve been working with other NGOs and local Syrian communities to help over 14,500 people so far, but the needs are vast and increasing daily. Last week’s chemical attacks have aggravated the existing crisis of internally displaced people as families flee Douma for safety.”

Direct Relief also supported SRD with chemical-weapon antidotes and protective gear after last year’s deadly gas attack in Khan Sheikoun.

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Since the start of the crisis in 2011, Direct Relief has delivered over 250 tons of medical aid valued at $97 million to healthcare organizations caring for Syrians across eight countries.


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