Sana’a / Beirut / Geneva, 9 October 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is mourning the death of one of its staff members, Mr. Ibrahim Abu Taleb, who was killed in yesterday’s attack in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. Ibrahim had been attending a funeral ceremony in a personal capacity, together with hundreds of other mourners, when the bombing occurred. His death was confirmed early this morning.

“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,” said Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the IFRC.

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

A national of Yemen, Ibrahim joined the IFRC in 2004. As finance manager for the IFRC Country Office, he played an important role in supporting the Yemen Red Crescent Society.

The IFRC is deeply shocked and outraged by this latest loss of civilian life in Yemen. With fighting continuing to intensify across the country in recent days, civilians could face even greater risk. The IFRC joins the International Committee of the Red Cross in calling on all parties to ensure that all feasible precautions are taken to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

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