Damascus / Geneva, 30 March 2017 – Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are mourning the death of one of their volunteers, Firas Al-Hussein, who lost his life on Monday 27 March 2017 in the Tabaqa area of Raqqa governorate, while on duty.

SARC shared this tragic news with their volunteers, members and supporters through their Facebook page earlier tonight.

The IFRC joins SARC in extending condolences to Firas’s family, friends and his fellow volunteers at this sad time.

The death of Firas raises the total number of Red Crescent staff and volunteers killed in Syria since the onset of the conflict to 71 (63 Syrian Arab Red Crescent and 8 Palestine Red Crescent Society).

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement repeats its demand that all parties to the conflict adhere to the rules of international humanitarian law, which includes protecting aid workers. Humanitarian volunteers and staff are #NotATarget.

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