(Corrects day of shooting to Wednesday)
GENEVA Jan 25 The head of the Syrian Arab
Red Crescent in the northern town of Idlib was shot dead on
Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
"We just learned a few minutes ago of the death of Mr.
Abdulrazak Jbero, head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in
Idlib. Mr. Jbero was on his way by car from Damascus to Idlib.
He was shot. Circumstances are still unclear," Beatrice
Megevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations for the Near and Middle
East, told Reuters.
"Regardless of the circumstances, the ICRC condemns this
very severely," she said. "The lack of respect for medical
services is still a great issue in Syria."
Jbero, a Syrian national, served as first president of the
country's Red Crescent society, an ICRC spokesman said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)