updated 6/15/2011 3:18:11 PM ET 2011-06-15T19:18:11

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., June 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As a non-political professional and humanitarian organization of physicians, the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) continues to watch with a heavy heart the incidents in parts of Syria and deplores the violence in Syria that has resulted in profound human suffering and loss of life. 

NAAMA's urgent concern is the safety and dignity of our Syrian brothers and sisters.  We urge all sides to respect the sanctity of human life.  We call for the immediate cessation of acts that jeopardize the life of innocents, and stand ready to assist in any way in the medical and humanitarian needs of those most vulnerable, especially women and children. 

As we fear the continued aggression, regardless of its source, our thoughts are with the families of victims and their loved ones.

NAAMA is ready to help with any effort to provide humanitarian aid to those affected, and is exploring all ways to assist our Syrian physician colleagues and health care professionals in their medical relief mission.

Founded in 1975, NAAMA is a non-profit professional, educational and humanitarian organization for Arab American physicians, dentists, pharmacists and other licensed healthcare professionals. NAAMA's nearly 1,500 members across the United States in 27 chapters represent multiple medical specialties and Arab ethnicities.

CONTACT: Renee Ahee, Executive Director,
         248-646-3661, rahee@naama.com

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