By Dave Andrusko
A veteran physician who spent five weeks volunteering in a Syrian hospital has told ITV News that Syrian snipers are targeting pregnant women as part of “death games.”
“One day we’d have pregnant women being brought in with gunshot wounds to the uterus,” said Dr. David Nott, a British surgeon. “Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women,” he told ITV.
The Guardian newspaper’s Bonnie Malki, and Ruth Sherlock, explained that “each day snipers would chose to aim at different parts of the civilians’ bodies as they ran from one part of the city to another to buy food and supplies.”
“From the first patients that came in in the morning, you could almost tell what you would see for the rest of the day,” Dr. Nott told the reporters. “It was a game. We heard the snipers were winning packets of cigarettes for hitting the correct number of targets.”
More than six pregnant women were caught by sniper fire on one day “and on another day two heavily pregnant women were targeted,” according to Malkin and Sherlock. “They survived but their unborn babies died, one suffering a bullet to the brain.”
Dr. Nott told the newspaper, “The women were all shot through the uterus, so that must have been where they were aiming for… This was deliberate. It was hell beyond hell.”
Dr. Nott, who volunteered in places like Bosnia, Libya and Sudan for 20 years, said at times, he found it difficult to cope with.
“I can’t explain how horrendous the whole thing is,” he said, speaking on Radio Four’s Today programme on Saturday morning.
Nott said that wounded children were also arriving in clusters. One day, it would be just a few; the next day, dozens.
“So it seemed to me that there was a death game going on with the snipers,” Nott told ITV.