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Tragic death of Lebanese Red Cross emergency medical volunteers

11-06-2007 News Release

Joint press release by the Lebanese Red Cross, the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Beirut, June 11th, 2007 - The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of two Lebanese Red Cross emergency medical volunteers. The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement stresses the importance of respecting the medical and relief teams working in the field in support of the victims of the current hostilities.

The tragic event took place near the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) first aid post in Burj el-Arab close to Nahr el Bared Camp. Boulos Meemary (born in 1982, single), was head of the first aid centre at Halba. He had joined the LRC as a volunteer in 2000. Haitham Sleiman (born in 1981, single), worked at the Halba center. He joined the LRC as a volunteer in 2003.

The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement emphasizes that medical personnel, vehicles and facilities should not be subjected to attack. Medical personnel and humanitarian workers must be allowed to carry out their tasks and must, especially, have unimpeded access to the wounded.

 
Lebanese Red Cross Society : Ayad al Monzer, tel + 961 03 449 665
  Palestine Red Crescent Society : Dr. Mohammed Othman tel + 961 03 658 390
  ICRC Beyrouth, Virginia de la Guardia tel + 961 70 12 98 69
  IFRC Anne Katherine Moore Karlsen + 961 03 448 700