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Syria: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of two additional Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers

28-08-2013 Statement

IFRC / SARC / ICRC - Geneva / Damascus - The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of Wassim Mouselli and Yousef Al Kens both of whom were working at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch of Homs.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of Wassim Mouselli and Yousef Al Kens both of whom were working at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch of  Homs.

Wassim and Yousef died on the 27th of August as a result of a mortar shell that landed in front of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch in Homs. A number of civilians among which children were also killed in this tragic incident.

With the death of Wassim and Yousef, the total number of Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers who have lost their lives since the beginning of this conflict has risen to 22 , all of them killed while carrying out their humanitarian duties. While both Wassim and Yousef were not deliberately targeted, other volunteers have been deliberately targeted in the past in spite of their clear affiliation with the movement.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together call for the immediate protection of staff and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and all other personnel of the Movement risking their lives on a daily basis to provide life saving assistance. It is imperative that they be given the space necessary to operate and carry out their humanitarian mandate.

For further information, please contact:
Vivian Tou’meh, SARC Damascus, tel: +963-959999639
Leena Reikko, IFRC Beirut, tel: +961 71 802 483
Rima Kamal, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 930 33 67 18 or +963 11 331 0476