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Red Cross mourns death of a colleague in Yemen attacks

10 October 2016

The British Red Cross is sad to report the death of our colleague in Yemen, Ibrahim Abu Taleb.

He was killed by attacks on 8 October along with at least 140 other civilians while attending a funeral in a personal capacity. Hundreds of others were injured.

Ibrahim was finance manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Yemen.  In this role, he supported our partner the Yemen Red Crescent Society to carry out life-saving work providing humanitarian aid to people affected by ongoing civil conflict.

Elhadj As Sy, IFRC secretary general said: “Ibrahim was a valued member of our team in Yemen.

“We are in shock over this news, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Red Cross provides vital medical supplies

After the attack, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided urgently needed medical supplies to treat wounded patients to three hospitals.

This latest support comes after donations of medical supplies to more than 75 hospitals and medical centres in the past year. With at least 600 medical facilities in Yemen forced to close because of damage or lack of supplies and staff, such contributions are desperately needed.

Sadly, this and other attacks caused so many casualties that ICRC also provides body bags and morgues to hospitals so that the dead can be handled safely.

Attacks on civilians must stop

Ibrahim is the 12th staff member or volunteer in the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to be killed in Yemen since the conflict started.

In August, 65-year-old Yemen Red Crescent volunteer Khalid Abdullah was shot in the head  while preparing to distribute food in the city of Taiz. Khalid was a volunteer for more than 30 years, helping thousands of people in his country.

Ibrahim had worked for the Red Crescent since 2004. After the recent increase in attacks in Yemen, the Red Cross calls on all everyone involved in the conflict to ensure that civilians are protected.

“His death is a reminder of the unacceptable risks that civilians face in Yemen today. Innocent lives must be protected at all times,” Mr Sy said.


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