ICRC confirms aid worker killed in Libya's Sirte

4th June 2014, Comments 0 comments

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that one of its aid workers, a Swiss citizen, had been killed in the Libyan city of Sirte.

"He was attacked by gunmen as he left a meeting with two colleagues. He died in Sirte's hospital. His colleagues are unhurt but in shock," ICRC spokesman Wolde Saugeron told AFP.

Saugeron said that the ambush took place at around noon (1000 GMT).

"They were headed towards their car, which wasn't marked with ICRC insignia, in line with our operational rules in Libya," he said.

The attackers shot at "point-blank" range.

"Our organisation condemns this murder," he said.

The victim, who Saugeron did not identify, headed the neutral humanitarian agency's office in the city of Misrata, some 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Sirte.

The ICRC specialises in providing aid in conflict zones and overseeing respect for the Geneva Conventions on warfare, such as the treatment of prisoners.

In 2012, the ICRC put a temporary freeze on operations in Misrata and the eastern city of Benghazi after unidentified gunmen attacked its Misrata compound. There were no casualties in that attack.

© 2014 AFP

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