Four of the seven International Red Cross volunteers, inlcuding one local Red Crescent member kidnapped in Syria on Sunday have been freed “safe and sound” according to the ICRC.
The organisation is still awaiting information on the three remaining people still being held captive. The Red Cross’s delegation head in Syria has made this appeal.
“We call on the groups who are holding them to release them immediately and unconditionally and the reason is of course that we are here to serve the Syrian people. We are delivering water, we are working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, we deliver food and health. We do a lot of things and that is for them, it’s not for us, and we expect that all armed groups, all authorities respect our independence and neutrality and give us safe passage,” says the ICRC’s Head of Delegation in Syria Magne Barth.
Syria is becoming increasingly prone to kidnappings and incidents involving foreign aid workers, at precisely the time the humanitarian situation is reaching a point of no return.