Reference : V-P-SY-E-00126
Date : 04/2012
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : Rural Damascus, Douma. Funeral of Mohammad al-Khadraa, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent first-aid responder, killed on duty on the evening of 24 April. Three other volunteers were injured in the same incident.
Photographer : MALLA, Ibrahim
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : CR Syrie
Description : ICRC website, 25-04-2012, News Release 12/91

Syria: Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer killed

Damascus/Geneva (Syrian Arab Red Crescent / ICRC) – One Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer was killed and three others were injured while on duty on the evening of 24 April. The deceased, Mohammed al-Khadraa, was a first-aid responder working, in the city of Douma, in Rural Damascus. He was shot and killed in a vehicle clearly marked with the red crescent emblem.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemn the lack of respect for life-saving medical services in Syria.

"We are saddened and extremely shocked by the death of Mohammed al-Khadraa," said Dr Abdul Rahman al-Attar, the president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. "This is the third fatal incident involving the Red Crescent in less than eight months."

The aim of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross is to bring life-saving assistance to those in need on a fully impartial and neutral basis. This humanitarian work must be respected by all and at all times.

Medical personnel, medical facilities and ambulances must not be harmed. Health-care personnel, in particular Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers, must be able to provide aid unhindered and in safety. The red cross and red crescent emblems must be respected by all sides.

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