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Twitter Chat: Why are Syrian doctors being targeted by airstrikes?

At the beginning of August, pro-government forces attacked a maternity hospital in Idlib — a city in northwestern Syria. This attack represents just one of more than 375 strikes on medical facilities since the beginning of the revolution.

Over the last few weeks, PBS NewsHour special correspondent Marcia Biggs has been reporting on various aspects of the ongoing war in Syria. One of her reports focused on Syrian doctors who are being repeatedly targeted by airstrikes in their own medical facilities.

In Syria’s largest city of Aleppo, only 35 physicians remain to serve more than 300,000 people.

“Can you imagine, when you have more than 300,000 people in your city, and you have only two pediatricians, and you have lost one?” said Dr. Rami Kalazi, an Aleppo neurosurgeon who spoke with Biggs.

Why are these doctors being targeted? What does their loss mean for Syria and civilians in need? To talk more about this report, special correspondent Marcia Biggs (@mfbiggs) will join PBS NewsHour for a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EDT on Friday. Also joining the chat will be Dr. Zaher Sahloul (@sahloul) of the Syrian American Medical Society and Widney Brown (@WidneyBrown), director of programs for Physicians for Human Rights. Follow along via the hashtag #NewsHourChats.

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