Killing of Red Crescent official in Syria condemned

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Martin Nesirky

Syrian authorities have been urged investigate the murder of a Red Crescent official in Syria and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon following the killing of Dr. Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, Secretary-General of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent on Wednesday.

Mr. Ban has said he is deeply concerned about the killing of Dr. Jbeiro who was reportedly shot dead in the north-western part of Syria.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General condemns the attack that killed him, which targeted a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem. He calls on the Syrian government to investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. The Secretary-General reminds all of their obligation to respect and protect humanitarian workers as they perform their duties and impartially serve all those who are in need."

More than 5,000 people have been killed in the ongoing protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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