By Jack Minor –
A terrifying new tactic by snipers in Syria’s civil war has taken the level of barbarity to a new level by targeting babies in their mother’s womb.
Dr. David Nott, a British surgeon who has worked in several Syrian hospitals with the charity Syria Relief has told CNN that snipers in the country’s civil war have recently begun targeting heavily pregnant women by shooting, not to kill them, but their unborn babies in some sort of twisted game.
“After a while, we noticed that there were certain trends going on,” said Dr. David Nott, who witnessed evidence that fighters are shooting pregnant civilians in the womb, killing their unborn babies.
Dr. Nott, who lists ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair among his former patients said the shootings occur when women and children dash for supplies in the unnamed Syrian city where he was stationed. While they are exposed to the open, they are peppered by snipers, whose wounds make up about 90 percent of his surgeries, CNN reported.
“From the first patients that came in in the morning, you could almost tell what you would see for the rest of the day. It was a game,” he said, the Daily Mail reported.
“We had some days, say, 10 or 15 gunshot wounds of which eight or nine of them were targeted in one particular area. So for example, one day, we received say 15, 16 gunshot wounds and of that, eight to nine were targeted in the left groin only,” Dr. Nott said in the CNN report.
“Then the following day, they were targeted in the right groin only. So it seemed to me like there was some of thing going on — a game going on — between the snipers,” he said.
Dr. Nott told the Daily Mail that other doctors had told him of rumors that snipers were receiving gifts such as cigarettes if they “get the correct targets.”
“The women were all shot through the uterus, so that must have been where they were aiming for. I can’t even begin to tell you how awful it was,” he said. “Most of the children removed were seven, eight, nine months gestation.”
“Usually, civilians are caught in the crossfire. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this. This was deliberate. It was hell beyond hell,” Dr. Nott said, the Daily Mail reported.
The report by CNN featured a shocking picture of an x-ray where the bullet lodged in the head of an unborn child.