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”.
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.
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