Venezuela rebukes attack on Syrian university
In a communiqué, the Venezuelan Government condemned on Thursday the "terrible" blast that killed 83 people and injured 160 on Tuesday at the University of Aleppo in Syria
In a communiqué, President Hugo Chávez's Government expressed "its strongest condemnation of the horrific terrorist attack" and sent "its heartfelt condolences to the Syrian people and Government, particularly to the victims' families and relatives of this coward crime," EFE cited.
The Venezuelan Government, which many a time has voiced support for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, "reaffirmed, one more time, the strong bonds existing between Venezuela and the Syrian Arab Republic. Further, it ratifies its support for any initiatives and proposals intended to achieve peace in this brotherly country."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.