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Last gynecologist in besieged
Damascus area dies

Nabil Daas died from wounds suffered during fierce inter-rebel clashes in eastern Ghouta.

Nabil Daas. (image via Enabbaladi.org)

BEIRUT – The last gynecologist in the Ghouta outskirts of Damascus has died from wounds suffered during fierce inter-rebel clashes in the besieged region.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Nabil Daas’s death on Wednesday, noting that the doctor had been shot “days ago” during fighting near Douma between Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaysh al-Islam, the two largest insurgent groups in the region.  

 

His death was confirmed by the Unified Medical Office in Eastern Ghouta, which called Daas “one of the most important pillars of medical work” in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, which have been battered for years by regime bombardment.

 

Pro-rebel outlets all praised Daas, with All4Syria saying that he “refused to leave Ghouta because more than 10,000 women needed him.”

 

An activist told the outlet that after Daas was shot on May 2, women in eastern Ghouta “started risking their lives in order to [enter] Damascus for [gynecological] treatment.”

 

Daas—who was married with three children—hailed from Douma, the main city in eastern Ghouta, where a recent round of fighting erupted between rebel heavyweights.

 

Weeks of increasing tension between Jaysh al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman boiled over in late April when both sides got caught up in deadly fighting amongst each other, even as the regime continued its military campaign on eastern Ghouta.

 

The Al-Nusra Front and a smaller Islamist brigade in Jaysh al-Fustat—a small coalition in eastern Ghouta—reportedly took part in the fighting on behalf of Faylaq al-Rahman.

                                          

The 12-days of fighting saw Jaysh al-Islam storm into two towns controlled by Faylaq al-Rahman, prompting a ceasefire called for by angry residents of the Damascus suburbs.

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. Amin Nasr translated the Arabic-language source material.

Nabil Daas. (image via Enabbaladi.org)

His death was confirmed by the Unified Medical Office in Eastern Ghouta, which called Daas “one of the most important pillars of medical work” in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.