How Many Health Workers Have Been Killed In Syria?

It's complicated to confirm a death. But a new study gives a minimum number of health workers who've been killed since the war began six years ago.
IDLIB, SYRIA: A file photo taken by AA photojournalist Saleh Mahmoud Laila shows a Syrian health worker carrying a baby injured during the airstrikes of Syrian regime forces on the opposition-controlled al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 13, 2015. Anadolu Agency photojournalist Saleh Mahmoud Laila (27) was killed in a suicide car bomb attack carried out by Daesh in the opposition-held town of Hraytan, north of Aleppo, Syria on Thursday, October 08, 2015. Syria is considered one of the deadliest countries for journalists, with at least 84 reporters killed since the conflict began in 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. (Photo by Saleh Mahmoud Laila/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

In truth, there is no way to come with a 100 percent accurate count of all the health workers who have died since the conflict in Syria that began six years ago this month.


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