”Doctor of the poor” dies under torture
Local pages in Daraa mourned the death of Dr. Osama Amr al-Khalid, at the age of 64, known as the “doctor of the poor”, on Monday, 25 November 2019, at one of the hospitals in Damascus as his health condition deteriorated following a detention that lasted about a year and a half in Syrian regime prisons.
Enab Baladi’s correspondent in Daraa reported that regime forces had arrested the doctor twice since the beginning of the Syrian revolution for “treating protesters”.
He was arrested for the third time in February 2018 with a group of activists from the Maariya camp in the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa, and was taken to Branch 215 in Damascus, also known as the Raid Branch, during an attempt of Syrian regime forces to gain control over the Yarmouk Basin.
Residents of the Yarmouk Basin called Khalid the “doctor of the poor and orphans” due to his low fees and his refusal to take any fees in return for his treatment when the patient is poor.
He also treated protesters and civilians wounded by regime bombardments, according to the local Houran Residents Association, on Facebook.
This article was translated The Syrian Observer and edited by Enab Baladi.
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