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Iraq: ICRC staff member killed

15-01-2005 News Release No. 05/3

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply shocked and dismayed by the death of one of its staff members west of Baghdad.

The staff member, an Iraqi national, disappeared while on duty on 13 January. His body was found yesterday. The circumstances of this tragic incident remain unclear.

The victim, who was in his forties, married and had 4 children, began working for the ICRC as a driver in July 2003.

The ICRC condemns this killing in the strongest terms. Profoundly distressed by the death of one of its employees, the organization and its staff extend their heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

The ICRC firmly calls upon all armed persons and groups to ensure the safety of its staff and to allow them to carry out the organization’s humanitarian duty.

 For further information, please call:  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24  

 Rana Sidani, ICRC Amman, tel. +962 777 399 614 or +962 65 569 30 28