Syrian snipers targeting pregnant moms: British surgeon
Updated 10/21/13 at 10:50 am
Oct. 21, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An eminent British surgeon who has just returned from five weeks volunteering at a hospital in Syria says pregnant women are being deliberately targeted by snipers in the war-torn country.
One x-ray provided to media, showing a baby with a bullet lodged in its skull, purports to be evidence of the macabre practice. But while the authenticity of the x-ray has not been independently confirmed, Dr. Nott says his experiences were clear enough.
He says that pregnant women were repeatedly - and, he claims, deliberately - shot in the uterus, as part of a war game. On one day alone, he said, he saw half a dozen such women.
Dr. Nott, a vascular surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London who has volunteered in numerous war zones over the years, described what he saw in Syria as “hell beyond hell.”
“From the first patients that came in in the morning, you could almost tell what you would see for the rest of the day. It was a game,” Nott told The Times about how the sniper attacks that he saw followed distinct patterns.
“One day it would be shots to the groin. The next, it would only be the left chest. The day after, we would see no chest wounds; they were all neck [wounds].”
But the worst that he saw was the shooting of the pregnant women. “‘The women were all shot through the uterus, so that must have been where they were aiming for. I can’t even begin to tell you how awful it was.”
“Usually, civilians are caught in the crossfire. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this. This was deliberate. It was hell beyond hell.”
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Nott described operating on the pregnant women who had been shot as "one of the most distressing things you could possibly ever, ever do."