Syrian Arab Red Crescent leader killed

Publicado: 25 enero 2012 22:20 CET

Earlier today, Dr Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, the Secretary General of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and President of the Idlib Red Crescent branch was killed near Khan Shaykhun, Ildib on the main Aleppo–Damascus highway. Dr Jbeiro was traveling in a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem following meetings at the SARC headquarters in Damascus.

Both the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross called on all those involved in violence in Syria to respect the mission of the Red Crescent, which is to aid and assist people in need in a neutral and impartial manner.

In a message to the President of SARC, IFRC President Tadateru Konoé and Secretary General Bekele Geleta, said they were ready to offer any support the National Society needed. “The loss of such an experienced and committed Red Crescent leader in the course of his humanitarian duties is hard to bear,” they wrote. “Our movement is greatly diminished by his passing."

Beatrice Megevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations for the Near and Middle East, said that regardless of the circumstances, the ICRC condemned attacks of vehicles carrying the Red Crescent emblem. She told Reuters: "The lack of respect for medical services is still a great issue in Syria."

In the last 10 months, staff and volunteers from the national Red Crescent society have played a vital role assisting the injured and also supporting those affected by the violence with food parcels, hygiene packs and provisions for children.

The President of SARC has submitted an official request to the Syrian authorities to investigate the death of Dr Jbeiro.