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British Red Cross sends support in the wake of Paris attacks

14 November 2015

Two British Red Cross delegates have arrived in Paris to support British nationals caught up in the terrorist attacks last night.

The specialist volunteers will offer psychological and emotional support to help people deal with emotional trauma.

Shocked witnesses have been recounting scenes of gunfire and bloodshed at the six locations struck by the terrorists in a co-ordinated attack.

News reports suggest 128 people were killed and hundreds injured by bomb blasts and shooting.

The French Red Cross - the Croix-Rouge Francais - responded to the emergency immediately, sending out ambulances, staff and volunteers to the attack sites on Friday night.

They supported members of the public on the scene with first aid and psychological and emotional support. They also set up and emergency hotline for those affected.

The British volunteers are part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office team which is called on by the UK govenment to help British nationals and British consular staff in the event of overseas emergencies.

 

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