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Syrian Red Crescent official shot dead
Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:1PM
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Head of the Syrian Red Crescent in the restive northwestern province of Idlib has been killed in a terrorist attack, SANA reported.

According to Syrian sources, Abdulrazak Jbero, president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in Idlib, was shot in the head in the Khan Skeikun area on Wednesday as he drove from Damascus to Idlib.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed his death and severely condemned it.

"We just learned a few minutes ago of the death of Mr. Abdulrazak Jbero, head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in Idlib. Mr. Jbero was on his way by car from Damascus to Idlib. He was shot. Circumstances are still unclear," Beatrice Megevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations for the Near and Middle East, told Reuters in Geneva.

Jbero is the second ICRC satff to die in Syria since the beginning of unrest in the country ten months ago.

Last September, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer was killed in the crisis-hit central town of Homs after an ambulance came under fire, injuring three other volunteers.

Meanwhile, a priest was also killed in a terrorist attack in the central city of Hama. Three Syrian security personnel were also wounded in the city after armed groups opened fire on their vehicle.

"An armed terrorist group killed the priest Bassilius Nassar as he was helping a man who was wounded in the neighborhood of al-Jarajmah in Hama," SANA state news agency said.

Several districts of Hama, including al-Jarajmah, are currently controlled by terrorist groups.

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