On-duty Red Cross worker killed in Yemen

    A Red Cross-marked vehicle. A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross was reportedly killed by an airstrike in Abyan province in Yemen. Photo by: Nick Wiesner / CC BY-ND

    The International Committee of the Red Cross was “deeply shocked” and “devastated” over the death of a colleague morning of Wednesday (June 20).

    The circumstances surrounding the death of Hussein Saleh, a Yemeni national working as adviser to the Red Cross office in the city of Aden, are still unclear, but news reports say he was killed in an airstrike in Abyan province, an al-Qaida stronghold.

    Saleh, along with three other staff members, was assessing the humanitarian situation in the region when the incident happened, according to the organization’s press release. The country is feared to be on the brink of a humanitarian disaster, and security is an ongoing concern.

    The incident, according to Agence France-Presse, happened on the same day the head of ICRC in Aden was negotiating the release of a French colleague kidnapped in April. Saleh, 35, is survived by his pregnant wife and four children.

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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.