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Red Cross worker killed in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) - A Red Cross worker was killed on Saturday in the north of the Central African Republic, amid escalating religious violence that peacekeepers have been powerless to stop. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement armed men entered the Catholic mission in the northern town of Ndele, where four of its staff were based, and killed one of them, a Central African man. The remaining three are safe, it said.

Food rations distributed to besieged Damascus areas

Syria's Red Crescent on Monday said it has distributed 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce, but which are still under partial blockade. The distributions have taken place over the past four days in Beit Sahem, Babbila and Yalda, three rebel bastions where the two sides reached a ceasefire after more than a year and a half of fighting and daily shelling. The Red Crescent said it also provided medical treatment to 460 residents during the operation, while another 1,700 sick people were able to leave.

Red Cross chief alarmed by chaotic Homs evacuation

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer voiced alarm Saturday over the chaos surrounding the evacuation from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, urging the warring sides to respect basic humanitarian law. "I am concerned about the conditions in which the evacuations took place and about the number of people who remain trapped and unaided between front lines throughout Syria," Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a statement.

ICRC: Homs move doesn't improve humanitarian situation in Syria

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's government and opposition still do not honor basic tenets of international humanitarian law despite the evacuation of besieged Syrians from the Old City of Homs, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Saturday. ICRC President Peter Maurer cited the conditions under which the evacuation took place in voicing his concern.

Syria Red Crescent on standby to resume Homs evacuations

Syria's Red Crescent was on standby Wednesday to resume evacuating civilians from besieged neighbourhoods of central Homs city, after operations were suspended for a day over "logistical difficulties". Red Crescent head of operations Khaled Erksoussi said his teams were waiting for the conclusion of a daily meeting between the United Nations and Homs's governor, Talal Barazi. "We are expecting that we'll be able to get some more food material in and hoping to get some more people out," he told AFP.

ICRC says aid workers missing in Mali

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that one of its teams was missing in strife-torn northern Mali, but it was not clear whether they had been kidnapped. "We can confirm that the ICRC lost contact with one of its vehicles, with five people on board," ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP. The four ICRC staff members and a veterinarian from another aid organisation, went missing Saturday along with their vehicle on the road between the towns of Kidal and Gao, Heeb said. All five individuals are Malian citizens.

ICRC says aid workers missing in Mali

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that one of its teams was missing in strife-torn northern Mali, but it was not clear whether they had been kidnapped. "We can confirm that the ICRC lost contact with one of its vehicles, with five people on board," ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP. The vehicle, which was carrying four ICRC staff members and a veterinarian from another aid organisation, went missing Saturday on the road between the towns of Kidal and Gao, Heeb said. All five individuals were from Mali, he said.

Syria Red Crescent says mortars, shots hit Homs aid convoy

The Syrian Red Crescent said Saturday vehicles delivering aid in besieged districts of the central city of Homs were fired on and that one driver was wounded. "Shots fired targeting aid trucks and the team," the Red Crescent said on Twitter, without accusing anyone -- government forces or rebels -- of being responsible. It also said a Red Crescent "aid truck driver (was) injured." "Mortar shells falling in close proximity near the team and aid trucks that moved into Old City," a second tweet said.

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Sudan on Sunday said it suspended activities of the international Red Cross because it violated guidelines for working in the war-torn country. "We observe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is doing activities outside of its mandate under international law and the agreement with the government of Sudan," said a statement from Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission, which confirmed it suspended ICRC's activities as of February 1.

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Sudan on Sunday said it suspended activities of the international Red Cross because it violated guidelines for working in the war-torn country. "We observe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is doing activities outside of its mandate under international law and the agreement with the government of Sudan," said a statement from Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission, which confirmed it suspended ICRC's activities as of February 1.
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