Last gynecologist in Syria’s Ghouta shot dead by Islamist rebels

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Dr. Nabil Da'as was the only gynecologist in eastern Ghouta. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – The only gynecologist in the eastern Ghouta of Syria’s southern province of Damascus was shot dead during battles between several Islamist groups in the region, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Dr. Nabil Da’as, who was the only gynecologist in eastern Ghouta, was reportedly killed during clashes between Islamist rebel groups.

Speaking to ARA News in Duma, media activist Muhammad Dumani said: “While he was at home, Dr. Nabil Da’as was exposed to a gunshot two days ago during clashes between the Islamist rebel groups of the Jaish al-Islam and Jaish al-Fustat in the eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.

“The victim remained in the hospital under intensive care until he died on Wednesday,” Dumani reported.

Dr. Da’as was the sole gynecologist in the besieged eastern Ghouta, according to local activists.

Walaa Tarabishi, a resident of Ghouta, told ARA News that Dr. Da’as has helped many women in the area, especially that the majority of doctors fled the region dure to the raging conflict. 

“Last month, he [Dr. Da’as] visited my neighbor and helped his wife give birth safely,” she said. “This man has provided medical care for dozens of women amid the shortage of medical staff in the war-torn Ghouta region.”

“Hundreds of students and academics have fled Syria, while education centers and institutions are being targeted by the various parties to conflict on a daily basis,” Tarabishi said. 

On the other hand, a ceasefire began in the eastern Ghouta after the warring factions decided to hold a truce and agree on some points, including withdrawal of the Jaish al-Islam from the city of Misraba after the latter has imposed full control over the town subsequent to fierce clashes with Faylaq al-Rahman, Jaysh al-Fustat, and Nusra Front.

The regime’s army forces are still mobilizing troops on the outskirts of Bala town south of the Eastern Ghouta in an attempt to break into the town. 

Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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