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Three kidnapped Red Cross staffers are 'free and safe'

Seven staff had been kidnapped when their convoy was stopped at a roadside.

File: An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) truck.
File: An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) truck.
Image: Ariel Schalit/AP/Press Association Images

FOUR OF THE seven aid workers that were reported to have been kidnapped in Syria are said to be free and safe.

Yesterday, it was reported that gunmen had kidnapped a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross after stopping their convoy along a roadside in northern Syria.

The team were returning to Damascus when the abduction took place near the town of Saraqeb in Idlib.

This evening, officials say a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and three of six Red Cross staffers taken hostage in Syria are “free and safe”.

Robert Mardini, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ head of operations for the Middle East, said on Twitter that the four were released “safe and sound.”


The ICRC’s Geneva office confirmed to Associated Press that the tweet was accurate, but provided no more details.

- Additional reporting AP

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