Red Crescent might have to withdraw from Syria because of detentions

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8020
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the leading humanitarian agency working in Syria, has warned that it may be forced to close down because the authorities have detained several volunteers.

Mohammed Raed al-Taweel, the head of first aid in Damascus, was detained at a Red Crescent branch office in the capital on 8 November. The Red Crescent has not been able to contact him since and has not formally been told why he was detained.

“Unofficially we have been told that it is because he was helping people from the Syrian Free Army—giving them medicines, …

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