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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition found that attacks on health care occurred in 23 countries in conflict in 2016. The sheer number of countries and the intensity of attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients are staggering.
As the number of cholera cases in Yemen reaches half a million, the collapsing health system is struggling to cope. Half of all health facilities in the country are closed, shortages in medicines and supplies are widespread, and 30,000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year.
The six Red Cross volunteers were taking part in a crisis meeting at a health facility in the south east of the Central African Republic on August 3, 2017. The exact circumstances are not yet clear; however, reports indicate that civilians and medical staff may also have been killed.