UK Doctor Dies In Syria

December 17, 2013 by  

UK Doctor Dies In Syria, A British doctor who died while being held by Syrian authorities was effectively murdered, a Foreign Office minister has said.

Dr Abbas Khan, 32, an orthopaedic surgeon from Streatham, south London, had been held in Syria for more than a year but died only days before he expected to be released.

He was seized by government troops in the rebel-held city of Aleppo after entering the country on a humanitarian mission without a visa.

Foreign Office minister Hugh Robertson said: “There is no excuse whatsoever for the treatment that he has suffered by the Syrian authorities who have in effect murdered a British national who was in their country to help people injured during their civil war.”

Sara Khan, one of the doctor’s six siblings, told Sky News that a Syrian official had told them a “ridiculous story” that Abbas had taken his own life.

The family were expecting him to be released in the coming days after MP George Galloway had negotiated with Syrian authorities.

Dr Khan in the operating theatre
“Last week, George Galloway called us and said we could go and collect him,” Ms Khan told Sky News.

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