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Red Cross calls for safe access for aid workers after Red Crescent worker is killed.
The Red Cross has issued a statement condemning the killing of a Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff members in Deir al-Zor. It says Khaled Khaffaji was shot Monday night and died today.
"The ICRC condemns all attacks on civilians, including medical and humanitarian workers. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent work together in Syria to provide life-saving assistance to those in need on an impartial basis," said Marianne Gasser, the head of the ICRC's delegation in the country. "First-aid workers must be protected, and allowed to safely continue assisting people in need."
The statement also said: "Under international humanitarian law, parties to an armed conflict must distinguish at all times between civilians and those involved in fighting, and take all feasible precautions to spare civilian lives. Medical staff and facilities, and humanitarian relief personnel, must be respected and protected from attack."