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Monday
Oct142013

Red Cross Workers Abducted by Armed Gunmen in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were abducted on Sunday morning by unidentified armed men near Sareqeb in northwestern Syria.

According to an ICRC statement, the team, which also included a volunteer from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, travelled to the Idlib governorate earlier this week to deliver medical supplies.

The convoy was returning to Damascus and was clearly marked with the ICRC emblem, the statement says.

On Monday, the ICRC announced via Twitter that the Red Crescent volunteer and three of the six Red Cross staff members were released safely.

The ICRC has declined to reveal the identity, gender or nationality of the abducted workers.

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