Paris: A team of French military doctors is heading to the Syria-Jordan border to set up a mobile hospital to treat refugees fleeing Syrian violence by the thousands.
Col Gerard Dosseh, an anaesthesiologist heading up the mission, said on Thursday that the medics aim to be operative by the end of the week and to perform up to 10 surgeries a day on those wounded in fighting.
About 25 medical personnel in uniform flew out this morning. They will take about 20 tons of medical equipment to Amman, Jordan and then to a site a few dozen kilometres from the border.
France, Syria's onetime colonial ruler, has been in the forefront of diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria, which has sent some 250,000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries.
First Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 14:48