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Syrian doctor working on NHS frontline appeals for Scotland’s backing to help fight coronavirus back home

A Syrian refugee doctor working on the NHS frontline is appealing for help for his countrymen battling Covid-19 amidst a civil war.

Dr Ahmed Subeh fled the conflict in Syria travelling through the Lebanon and Turkey before reaching the Greek islands on board a crammed dinghy.

He finally managed to reach Scotland five years ago and claimed asylum, completing his medical training and taking up a job in intensive care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Now Dr Subeh has made an emotional plea for Scotland to help the millions trapped in Syria.

Dr Ahmed Subeh

He said: “Syria cannot cope with such a pandemic, with not enough doctors and the infection rate rising daily, medical staff risk getting the virus and passing back to patients.

“Living in camps and in tents there is nowhere to self-isolate and there are not enough intensive care beds. The situation is critical.”

Dr Subeh and his family

The doctor is calling on people to back the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal to fund medical care.

Syria has been torn apart by a 10-year civil war which has seen a quarter of a million killed. The UN has called for an immediate country-wide ceasefire to allow an unrestricted response to the Covid-19 outbreak.