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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria

2017-02-09

NEW YORK, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria.  

“Our deepest sympathy is with the families of those who lost their lives, and our thoughts are with those who were injured in these attacks. We remain deeply concerned for two ICRC workers who were reportedly abducted during the attack in Afghanistan.  

“This double tragedy is a reminder of the risks humanitarian workers face all over the world today as they work to help others.  We best honour their heroism – and the sacrifice of those who lost their lives today -- by supporting and strengthening their work.

“All of us at UNICEF stand in solidarity with our partners at the ICRC and SARC.”

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