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The killing occurred in connection with violence in Ndele. Armed men entered the Catholic mission there, where four ICRC staff were quartered, and killed one of them. The other three are safe.
âWe are outraged by this killing,â said Georgios Georgantas, head of the ICRC delegation in the country. âIt is utterly unacceptable. We urgently call on all those bearing arms to respect and spare people working for the ICRC or for the broader International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and indeed all those who carry out humanitarian work.
The ICRC also appeals to all parties to the conflict to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law so that those striving to help the civilian population can do their life-saving work.
This killing comes at a time when the security situation in the Central African Republic is worsening. The widespread violence and rampant crime accompanying it are exacerbating the already disastrous situation in which hundreds of thousands of the countryâs citizens are living.
For more information, please contact:Nadia Dibsy, ICRC Bangui, tel: +236 75 64 30 07Jean-Yves ClÃ©menzo, CICR GenÃ¨ve, tel: +41 79 217 32 17 --- twitter Jclemenzo@icrc.org