In Yemen, ICRC worker injured after shooting incident

Logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross. A female staffer of ICRC was injured during a reported shooting incident in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo by: International Committee of the Red Cross / CC BY-SA

A Red Cross staff member has been involved in a shooting incident in Yemen, a country where instability and insecurity continue to be of major concern.

Security officials have already launched investigations into the attack, which took place Tuesday (March 26) in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The aid worker, identified as female, was shot at while in a car, reportedly belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

ICRC spokeswoman for the Middle East Dibeh Fakhr said the aid worker was “slighly injured,” but not in a critical condition, contradicting several other accounts that the aid worker had suffered severe trauma.

“We don’t know if the wound was caused by a bullet or by glass from the broken window,” Fakhr told Reuters. But “it is not life-threatening.”

The motives behind the attack remain unclear.

The incident reignited insecurity fears in Yemen, a country notorious for being one of the most dangerous places for aid workers. In April last year, Benjamin Malbrancke, a French national also working for ICRC, was abducted in the city of Hudayda, west of Sanaa. He was released three months later.

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