AP's news director for Lebanon 🇱🇧 Syria 🇸🇾 Iraq 🇮🇶
Joined on 24 June, 2009
A relentless surge: Lebanon's hospitals are unable to keep up with the flood of coronavirus patients and have run out of beds, oxygen tanks, ventilators and medical staff. Doctors and nurses say they are exhausted and feel defeated. By @FayAbuelgasim.
At Rafik Hariri University Hospital, feeling hopeful! Attending the first staff training session by @pfizer on the biology and roll out logistics of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. RHUH will be one of the major vaccination centers assigned by @mophleb.
Twin suicide bombings rip through a busy market in central Baghdad, at least 28 killed. It was the first such attack in the capital in nearly two years and comes amid political tensions over planned early elections. @samya_kullab
My anger and sorrow is beyond description. This reminds me of the dark days we witnessed in Baghdad for years. So many explosions and deaths in this one place. Iraqi authorities have FAILED again and again, failed to provide the most basic thing to these poor people -- safety.
American university hospital says its intensive care units and regular COVID-19 units + emergency room have reached full capacity. "We are unable to find beds for even the most critical patients."
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