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These Syrian doctors are running out of options and have asked Congress for help by Elizabeth Hagedorn
Politics

WATCH | On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war, three Syrian doctors testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For security reasons, two wore surgical masks to hide their appearance. 

"I dream of one day returning to my home with my family and living in peace. But I need your help."

Dr. Mohamed Abu Rajab

Dr. Mohamed Abu Rajab ran the largest trauma hospital in the eastern part of Aleppo, which he says was targeted 22 times from the time it opened in 2013. By October, it had been bombed out of service. 

"I am asking you today to hold the perpetrators of these attacks accountable ... This can't be the new norm in Syria."

An ophthalmologist who identified himself as Abdulkhalek described chlorine attacks at his Aleppo hospital this December. The international community has accused the Syrian regime of using chlorine and other chemical weapons against the opposition, despite President Assad's 2013 promise to destroy all of his chemical arms.

Syria is the most dangerous place on earth for health care providers, according to a new report. Researchers led by the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut describe the  "weaponization" of health care in Syria -- a situation in which "medical neutrality is obliterated and international humanitarian laws are violated to restrict or prevent access to care." 

In 2016 alone, there were nearly nearly 200 attacks on health care facilities, according to the researchers.

Physicians for Human Rights, a New York-based organization that tracks mass atrocities in Syria, says at least 782 health care workers have died since 2011. 

"These are the very resources that are used to throw a lifeline to the families caught up in this crisis."

David Miliband

International Rescue Committee President David Miliband also testified before the committee Wednesday. He urged the Trump administration to not make cuts to foreign aid, as he is expected to when he reveals his budget proposal Thursday.