Middle East

Red Cross freezes Libya ops after staffer slain

This image made from AP video shot on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 shows an ambulance carrying the body of a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was killed by armed men near the city of Sirte, which is around 550 kilometers (340 miles) east of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo via AP video)

GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it was temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to reevaluate the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen.

"We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyse the situation so we can adapt our operations," ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP, stressing there were no plans to permanently halt the organisation's operations in Libya.





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