Statement: IFRC condemns killing of Ethiopian Red Cross ambulance driver

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is devastated to confirm the killing of an on-duty Ethiopian Red Cross staff member in the northern Tigray region of the country. Woldu Aregawi Berha – an ambulance driver – was shot while in a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem. He was severely injured and died before reaching hospital.  

The IFRC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing. Healthcare workers must be respected and protected in every situation.  

The IFRC sends its deepest condolences to the man’s family and to his colleagues in the Ethiopian Red Cross. 

Since the start of the year, seven members of the IFRC network teams lost their lives while carrying out their life-saving humanitarian work. This is unacceptable. They are #NotATarget. 

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