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7 Red Cross Red Crescent deaths in Afghanistan and Syria

At least seven Red Cross Red Crescent people have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan and Syria.

Thursday February 9, 2017

Don't shoot Red Cross Red Crescent not a target

In Afghanistan, six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been killed and two more are missing in an attack on aid convoy.

The eight aid workers were delivering much-needed aid for livestock in Jawzan province in the north of the country. Their convoy was attacked by unknown armed men.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms what appears to be a deliberate attack on our staff. This is a huge tragedy. We're in shock," said the President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer.

"These staff members were simply doing their duty, selflessly trying to help and support the local community. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of our colleagues killed and those unaccounted for," said Mr Maurer.

In Syria, one Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff member was killed and seven volunteers and aid workers were injured, three of them severely.

This occurred at an aid distribution centre in Hamadaniya, Aleppo on 8 February.

Two civilians were also killed while receiving humanitarian aid and several others were injured.  

We mourn the deaths of our colleagues and condemn the attacks.

Aid is not a target. Learn more about the laws of war.