Thursday, February 09, 2017

Six Red Cross workers in Afghanistan killed in ambush - The Guardian

Six Afghan Red Cross aid workers have been killed in an ambush in the country’s north while travelling to a remote area to deliver humanitarian aid.

Three vehicles carrying eight International Committee of the Red Cross employees were travelling through Dasht-e Leili, a desert in Jowzjan province, when they came under fire, according to the provincial governor, Lotfullah Azizi. Three drivers and three other personnel were killed, and two are missing.

ICRC in Afghanistan confirmed the killings and said it was putting its activities across the country on hold while it assessed what had happened.

Its director-general, Yves Daccord, described the incident as “the worst attack against us since 20 years. We are all outraged and so sad.”

The attack underscores the danger facing NGOs in Afghanistan. More humanitarian workers are attacked here than in any other country in the world. Proportionally, in terms of attack per aid worker, only South Sudan is more violent.

Fifteen aid workers were killed in Afghanistan last year, in more than 200 incidents of violence, kidnappings and killings directed against humanitarian organisations, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha). - Read More


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