Damascus, 16 December 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) mourns the death of Mr Yasser Lakmoush, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer.

Mr Lakmoush was killed while on duty in Idlib on 15 December 2016 in an incident in which several others were also injured. He was a dedicated first aid volunteer who had worked for the Idlib branch of Syrian Arab Red Crescent for more than three years.

In a previous interview about his first aid duties during the crisis, Mr Lakmoush explained the importance of his work:

“Anyone could be exposed to any injury or accident, thus everyone should know first aid principles and the right way to do it,” he said. “The feeling you have when you save somebody cannot be imagined, it is a matter of life or death.”

The IFRC extends its deepest condolences to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and to the family of Yasser Lakmoush. The safety of every humanitarian worker must be protected without fail: it is imperative that they be given the space necessary to operate and carry out their humanitarian mandate.

The staff and volunteers of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are risking their lives on a daily basis to provide life-saving assistance to civilians in desperate need. More than 50 Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff and volunteers have been killed on duty since the start of the crisis.

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