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More Than 700 Medical Workers Killed In Syrian War; Doctors, NGOs Develop Underground Hospital System

Agence France-Presse: More than 700 doctors killed in Syria war: U.N.
“Attacks on hospitals since Syria’s war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, U.N. investigators said Tuesday. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria also condemned horrific violations by jihadists and voiced concern that Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants may have recruited hundreds of children into their ranks…” (Larson, 6/21).

New Yorker: The Shadow Doctors
“…In the past five years, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost seven hundred medical personnel, according to Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that documents attacks on medical care in war zones. (Non-state actors, including ISIS, have killed twenty-seven.) … Despite the onslaught, doctors and international NGOs have forged an elaborate network of underground hospitals throughout Syria…” (Taub, 6/27).

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