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Somalia: ICRC deeply concerned by attack on Red Crescent

21-09-2007 News Release 07/102

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned by the attack carried out yesterday on a Somali Red Crescent pickup truck.

The vehicle, which was clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem, was hijacked by three gunmen in Mogadishu. The driver was seriously injured.

“This incident illustrates the problems we face providing humanitarian aid in such a difficult environment,” said Pascal Hundt, head of the ICRC delegation for Somalia.

The ICRC once again urges all parties concerned to take every measure to protect humanitarian workers, medical staff, hospitals and health clinics.

The ICRC continues to work closely with the Somali Red Crescent and remains a key provider of emergency aid for victims of conflict and natural disasters in Somalia. It has maintained an uninterrupted presence in the country since 1977.

For further information, please contact:
  Pedram Yazdi, ICRC Somalia/Nairobi, tel +254 722 518 142
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2458 or +41 79 217 32 24