2 ICRC Staff Members Killed in Attack in Yemen

2 ICRC Staff Members Killed in Attack in Yemen
Thu Sep 3, 2015 18:38:36

Two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been shot dead in Yemen. They were travelling with colleagues in a convoy between Saada and Sana’a when the attack happened earlier Thursday.

It is believed a single gunman opened fire on the convoy. One ICRC staff member died at the scene, while the second was taken to hospital and died later. The deceased ICRC staffs worked as a field officer and as a driver. They were both from Yemen.

“The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms what appears to have been the deliberate targeting of our staff,” said the head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen, Antoine Grand. “Our thoughts and sympathy are with the families and loved ones of our colleagues.”

“It is premature for us at this point to determine the impact of this appalling incident on our operations in Yemen. At this time, we want to collect ourselves as a team and support each other in processing this incomprehensible act,” said Mr. Grand.

It is not yet clear who carried out the attack. There have been a number of security incidents involving the ICRC in recent months; IRNA reported.

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