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Patient shot to death in the back of an ambulance

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31 July 2015

Two men carrying a stretcher

A patient was killed when an ambulance came under fire in conflict-hit Yemen.

Attacks on health care and aid workers in Yemen are rising, making it harder to reach millions of people in need of urgent help.

The clearly-marked ambulance belonged to the Yemen Red Crescent Society, a partner of the British Red Cross. It was shot at while crossing a front line in the city of Taiz.

A person travelling with the patient was also killed.

Four Red Crescent volunteers have died on duty in recent months. The organisation’s vehicles and buildings have been targeted, with looting and arson attacks on its compound in Taiz.

A spokesman for the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement said: “It is also absolutely essential that all sides facilitate the work of Red Crescent volunteers, and of all other humanitarian workers, by respecting the emblems displayed on their premises, vehicles and clothing.

“Without this respect for these emblems – including those of the Movement – saving lives and offering much-needed assistance for millions of Yemenis will become close to impossible.”

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