Syrians brandish opposition flags during a demonstration in support of neighbouring Turkey in the town of Bizaa, north of Aleppo on December 21, 2018. AFP / Bakr ALKASEM
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Dr. Khalil Agha was working at a hospital in northwest Syria when masked gunmen knocked at his door, waved a piece of paper saying that he was wanted by a powerful Islamist group and bundled him into their car, bound and blindfolded. The surgeon, whose captors demanded $100,000 for his freedom, was one of 10 medical personnel who doctors say have been seized this year in a rebel-held region sinking into anarchy.An agreement between Russia and Turkey three months ago averted a Syrian army offensive to recapture the region, centered around Idlib province.But cuts in foreign funding, both to militant groups and local police struggling to assert some order, have undermined security.For the first five years of the civil war, until the end of 2016, there were almost no attacks on medics, said Munther Khalil, head of the Idlib Health Directorate.Four months ago, Agha was working a shift at his hospital in eastern Latakia province, near Idlib, when he heard a knock.Agha didn't go back to his hospital for three months after being freed, and he now has a list of 29 people he owes money.
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