In Syria, Red Cross condemns colleague’s death

    The number of Syrian Arab Red Crescent workers killed on duty has now gone up to five.

    Khaled Khaffaji, a Red Crescent staff member, died of gunshot wounds Tuesday (July 10). He was shot in an ambulance clearly marked with a Red Crescent emblem in Deir Ezzor, the same city where his colleague Bashar al-Youssef was also shot and killed in June.

    Khaffaji’s killer has not yet been identified. But the Syrian Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies condemned the killing. The ICRC and IFRC have also expressed their condolences to Khaffaji’s family, friends and to the Syrian Red Crescent.

    IFRC launched an emergency appeal of 27.4 million Swiss francs ($28 million) for the Syrian Red Crescent following the incident. The money is in support of the group’s work: providing health, relief and livelihood support to Syrians affected by the violence in the country, which is now on its 16th month.

    “It is at very difficult times like these that we, as a Movement, come together and show our solidarity,” IFRC country representative Erika Jansson said in a press release, adding many Syrian Red Crescent volunteers continue to risk their lives on a daily basis to assist people in need.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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