Syria - Syrian Red Crescent first-aid responder killed

Syrian Red Crescent first-aid responder killed - Syrian Red Crescent and ICRC at work, Homs - © SARC / I. Malla

Syrian Red Crescent first-aid responder killed - Syrian Red Crescent and ICRC at work, Homs - © SARC / I. Malla

One Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer was killed and three others were injured while on duty on yesterday.

Mohammed al-Khadraa was a first-aid responder working in the city of Douma, near Damascus. He was shot and killed in a vehicle clearly marked with the red crescent emblem. 

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the 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.