UAE condemns the killing of two Emirates Red Crescent aid workers in Yemen

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25 March 2020

The Emirates Red Crescent aid workers were tied up and shot in Aden

Two Yemeni aid workers employed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s branch of the Red Crescent have been kidnapped and killed. On Thursday 19 March, the bodies of the Coordinator of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) Operations in Aden and his fellow were found in a deserted building in the district of Kabuta.

Captain Al Naqeeb, the spokesman for the Aden police, said that unknown armed men kidnapped the two aid workers on Wednesday night. Members of Kabuta police, who have found the bodies, reported that the victims’ heads bore gun wounds. The UAE is present in Aden and across the whole country of Yemen, which is currently experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More specifically, the conflict has already absorbed 100,000 lives and, according to the United Nations, more than 3 million people have been displaced since the beginning of the war. Recently, aid workers have been especially targeted in areas which remain under the control of the Houthi rebels, including Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned the killings and all forms of violence against aid workers. Moreover, the ICRC Regional Director for Near and Middle East, Fabrizio Carboni, has called everyone to respect the lives and the work of the humanitarian workers. The ERC has expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and has reiterated that “targeting humanitarian workers is a major transgression of international treaties and norms that provide special protection for relief workers, medical personnel and rescue teams”.


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Author: Silvia Luminati; Editor: Aleksandra Krol

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