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Gunfire at Syria hospital causes SA medics to flee

An SA medical team in Syria describes how they had to duck or flee when shots rang out during an operation.

Rahima Essop is in Syria alongside the Gift of the Givers Foundation, who have gone to assist victims of the civil war.

SYRIA - A medical technician on Saturday described to Eyewitness News how surgeons ducked for cover on Friday while operating on a patient at the Darkoush hospital in northern Syria when shots rang out.

The medical technician is part of a South African medical team on a humanitarian mission to the war-torn country.

Doctors ducked for cover when they heard the gunfire.

"We are in Syria, we understand there are risks. But people were scared because they didn't know what was going on," said anesthesiologist Asad Bhorat.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation said rebels were celebrating outside the hospital with gunfire but the situation became very confusing.

"They were not shooting at each other they were shooting in the air."

Dietician Katherine Green was in the casualty ward when the incident happened.

"They came into the casualty ward with the guns and from there we were taken away from the casualty ward and we hid behind the buildings."

No-one was hurt in the incident.

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