Syria: killing of a Red Crescent volunteer
Red Cross Red Crescent bodies condemn strongly the killing of a volunteer
On 22 June 2012, Bashar al-Youssef, 23 years old, volunteer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, was shot while on first-aid duty in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have strongly condemned the shooting, further evidence of an extremely disturbing disregard for life-saving medical services in Syria. "We are shocked by Bashar’s death," said Dr Abdul Rahman al-Attar, the president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. "It is completely unacceptable."
In the name of 187 National Societies and more than 100 million volunteers in the world, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) condemns in the strongest way possible these acts and highlights the difficulties faced by the Syrian Red Crescent Society, the only Syrian humanitarian organisation operating in areas affected by the violence.
This is the fourth killing of this kind since September 2011. On 24 April, Mohammed Khadraa, first-aid responder was shot and killed in the city of Douma. On 25 January, Abdulrazzak Jbeiro, the secretary-general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and president of its Idlib branch, was killed. In September 2011, Hakam Sibai, volunteer, died in Homs when a Red Crescent ambulance was struck by bullets.
The IFRC expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Bashar al-Youssef. And it will continue, alongside the ICRC to provide support to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and all women and men who give of their time and put their own lives at risk to provide life-saving services to the people affected by the crisis.
An ambulance from the Syrian Red Crescent.
For further information, please contact:
Rabab Al-Rifaï, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 993 700 847 or +963 11 331 0476
Jean-Yves Clémenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 217 32 17
To find out what the ICRC is doing to put an end to attacks on health-care workers and patients, go to ICRC Life and Death campaign