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Iraq

Alarming wave of assassinations hits Iraqi doctors

By Rudaw 8/8/2017
Iraqi government officials are divided over who might be behind the new wave of killings .Photo: Iraq's Ministry of Health
Iraqi government officials are divided over who might be behind the new wave of killings .Photo: Iraq's Ministry of Health
BAGHDAD, Iraq—A spokesperson for Iraq’s Ministry of Health says that the capital Baghdad is experiencing a rising number of assassinations against doctors and health workers in recent days by members of gang groups or in acts of “terrorism”.
 

“Attacks on doctors have almost become a daily thing,” Saif Badir, Health Ministry’s spokesperson told Rudaw.

 
Badir said that the issue of the killings has been raised at a meeting of the prime minister with members of his cabinet.
 
Government officials are divided over who might be behind the new wave of killings.
 
Some believe gang members and criminals are behind the attacks for ransom or financial gain whereas others think it is a new wave of terrorism in the capital targeting health workers.
 
For his part, Badir believes recent negative coverage of the health ministry in the media is to blame for the attacks and hostile sentiments towards doctors.
 
Iraq’s health ministry has been embroiled in a few cases of corruption where the minister has been accused of nepotism and employment of her relatives.
 
Badir believes that the bad impression made in the media of the health ministry might have justified some of the attacks against doctors.
 
The Iraqi health ministry announced the death of doctor Salim Abd al-Hamza in his clinic in Maamil area of Baghdad last month as well as the death of dentist Shadha Falih al-Samari from a knife attack inside her home.
 
The health ministry said that the recent wave of violent attacks has prompted many doctors to leave the country and resulting a serious brain drain.

Comments

 
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 8/8/2017
Doctors, dentists of 3rd world just want an excuse to go westwards...potential traitors from day 1 of graduation and the public have no respect either to them or any services including the service of their own leadership. We need to revisit our loyalties.
A Country Of Death And Terror | 8/8/2017
Iraq was and is a British colonial imposition,an artificial, a designe state where different and opposed natural nations were forced by the British to be submitted to a dispotic and arbitrarian state structure. Iraq ever since its creation is in war with itselef and with its neighbours.Iraq is not one nation ,why then America insists on its "one iraq" ? Just to perpetrate the vicious cult of killing.Iraq is in permanent war, a place of violence and every kind of terror. Now they are killing doctors for a "good reason " ,because the doctors are engaged with health and life in a country of death and terror.
Gerbert d'Aurillac | 8/8/2017
Kiling doctors is the kind of country that the US is forcing the Kurds to join. Shame on America,shame. How sinister,how wicked ,how cruel are the followers of the wicked Kissinger .
A Message to the White House | 8/8/2017
No wonder .What are doing the doctors in a vile country designed to kill ? Here you have Irag ,the country whose stability and peace is viewed endangered by the US as the Kurds want to hold their referendum .
What is Iraq ? | 8/8/2017
Iraq is the business of killings, permanent war and tragedy set up by the US and the UK.

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