Friday June 6, 2014
It has been confirmed that two Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers have been killed while delivering vital aid to people in Syria.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers Quteiba Abdallah and Wassim Mohammed Qassoha, died in the line of duty on 6 and 22 April, respectively. Two further volunteers injured in April remain in critical condition.
"In total, 36 Syrian Arab Red Crescent and seven Palestine Red Crescent Society volunteers and staff have lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict in Syria while carrying out humanitarian activities," said Peter Walton, Head of International Program, Australian Red Cross.
"All were clearly identified as humanitarian workers with the Red Crescent emblem. The Red Crescent, like the Red Cross, is a protected symbol under international humanitarian law," Mr Walton said.
"The tragic deaths of the two Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers reflect the complex and highly dangerous environment that humanitarian workers face every day in Syria.
"Red Cross calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to grant Red Crescent and Red Cross volunteers and staff safe and unhindered access to people affected by the conflict," said Mr Walton.
The international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Quteiba Abdallah and Wassim Mohammed Qassoha, and reaffirms its commitment to supporting Syrian Arab Red Crescent with the enormous humanitarian crisis faced by millions of people in Syria.
"The safety of every humanitarian worker in Syria and around the world must be protected," said Mr Walton.
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