Aid Group Appeals for Access to Syria Wounded

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The humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres appealed Saturday for better access to those wounded in the conflict in Syria, notably in the second city of Aleppo.

"Growing insecurity around Aleppo undermines efforts to provide essential medical care," said MSF, or Doctors Without Borders.

The NGO has set up three hospitals in the north and northwest of Syria in defiance of Bashar Assad's regime.

"The increase in attacks in this region may compromise our ability to set up medical activities," said Teresa Sancristoval, MSF's coordinator of emergency programs, adding that she was seeking "safe places to provide care to people."

The group said a missile landed some 800 meters (yards) from an MSF field hospital near Aleppo on Thursday, though no one was hurt.

MSF called on both sides in the nearly two-year-old conflict "to respect medical structures" and facilitate access to medical treatment by the wounded, especially women and children.

Those wounded in violence "represent only the visible part of a humanitarian crisis that affects the entire population," MSF added.

The group said requests for permission to provide medical treatment for people in government-controlled zones had fallen on deaf ears.

The 22-month-old conflict has claimed more than 60,000 lives, according to the United Nations.

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