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article imageAnonymous' Operation Syria Aid attempts to save Syrian hospital

By Greta McClain     Jul 5, 2014 in World
Aleppo - The hacktivist group Anonymous is turning to Twitter and other social media outlets in an attempt to save a hospital just outside the war torn city of Aleppo which is scheduled to close within the next few weeks.
Atareb Hospital, located approximately 20 miles from Aleppo, has served as one of the primary medical facilities for Syrian civilians caught in the fighting between government forces and the anti-Assad Syrian rebels. With government forces shelling and destroying Aleppo hospitals Al-Shifaa, and Dar al-Shifa, and rebels destroying Kindi Hospital, Atareb is one of the few medical facilities still functional in the area.
Run by the British based aid agency, Hand in Hand for Syria (HIHS), Atareb staff were told last week that the hospital would be closed in a few weeks due to "red tape." Fadi al-Dairi, head of HIHS, told The Guardian:
"It's because of bureaucracy, red tape. We have the expertise, but not the experience. Already all the aid agencies are only meeting 20% of the need within Syria. The loss of this hospital is a tragedy, especially when hospitals inside Syria are being bombed every day."
HIHS has put out a plea for assistance via the online fundraising website, Just Giving, and Anonymous has decided to assist in getting the word out.
Anonymous tweets encourage supporters to help save a vital hospital in Syria
Anonymous tweets encourage supporters to help save a vital hospital in Syria
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In an announcement posted on Pastebin,
Anonymous calls for donations, calling the effort Operation Syria Aid. The objective according to the announcement is "to save a vital hospital in a warzone facing to be shut down in less than 3 weeks. We need to buy the hospital enough time until a large sponsor can pick her up."
Using the hashtag #SaveAtarebHospital, Anonymous calls on supporters to not only donate if possible, but to flood Twitter with #SaveAtarebHospital in order to generate awareness and support for the fundraising effort. Many Anonymous supporters are also turning to Facebook to help spread the world.
Facebook supporters of Anonymous spread the word about #SaveAtarebHospital
Facebook supporters of Anonymous spread the word about #SaveAtarebHospital
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