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ICRC staff members killed in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described the shooting deaths of two ICRC workers in Yemen yesterday as an "appalling incident".

Thursday September 3, 2015

Photo: IFRC
Photo: IFRC

The two staff members were part of a convoy travelling between Saada and Sana'a when it came under fire from an unknown gunman. One staff member died at the scene, while the other died later in hospital. The attack is the latest in a series of security incidents in the region over the past several months.  

All over the world, humanitarian actors are being attacked while they work and are often denied access to the places they are most needed. During times of war the red cross and red crescent emblems mean 'Don't shoot - we are not part of the fight', and facilities and personnel displaying these emblems are to be protected as they render aid and assistance.  

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reiterates its worldwide call to respect the emblems during conflict so that humanitarian efforts may continue. Read the International Committee of the Red Cross statement on the Yemen attack.

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