DUBLIN: The Irish Red Cross has expressed its sadness at the death of Dr Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, secretary-general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent who was shot and killed on Wednesday near Khan Shaykhun on the Halab-Damascus Highway. The shooting occurred as he was returning to Idlib area in a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem after attending meetings at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent headquarters in Damascus.
Colm Byrne, Head of the Irish Red Cross International Department said of Dr Jbeiro’s death “This has sent shock waves through the entire Red Cross Red Crescent movement. Dr Jberio was travelling in a vehicle that was clearly marked with the Red Crescent. Under the Geneva Conventions, the Red Crescent and cross emblems exist to identify humanitarian workers and volunteers as non-combatants and therefore protect them from attack”.
The Irish Red Cross is joining the the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in calling on all those involved in the violence that continues to rage in the country to spare Red Crescent and Red Cross volunteers and staff and the vehicles and facilities they use to perform their duties. The exclusively humanitarian aim of the Red Crescent and Red Cross is to bring aid in a fully impartial and neutral manner to people in need.
The president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Dr AbdulRahman al-Attar, has officially requested the Syrian authorities to launch an investigation into the death of Dr Jbeiro.
Byrne went on to say, “Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers administer life-saving first aid to the injured. Like all medical personnel, they must be allowed to carry out their work in safety.”