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Red Cross doing its best to bring back the kidnapped Iranian Red Crescent members

Iran Materials 2 August 2012 13:40
The Red Cross is doing its best to bring back the kidnapped Iranians, the head of International Red Cross office in Iran Pierre Ritter said, Fars reported.
Red Cross doing its best to bring back the kidnapped Iranian Red Crescent members

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 2 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

The Red Cross is doing its best to bring back the kidnapped Iranians, the head of International Red Cross office in Iran Pierre Ritter said, Fars reported.

The Libyan Red Crescent said a few days ago that seven members of Iranian Red Crescent have been kidnapped shortly after their arrival in the western city of Benghazi.

The members of Iranian Red Crescent arrived in Libya with an official visit to meet with their Libyan counterparts, and to discuss co-operation. Another reason for the official visit was to discuss transport of medicine from Iran to Libya.

According to the statement released by the Libyan Red Crescent, the Iranians were snatched as they headed to their hotel.

The statement appealed to the gunmen to release them, commending the Iranian Red Crescent for its role in helping Libyan rebels during the civil war that unseated longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi last year.

Pierre Ritter added that International Committee of the Red Cross has a lot of international experience, including that of freeing individuals in different countries.

He noted that firstly the Committee will try to establish contact with the families of the kidnapped diplomats, and inform them of the diplomats' health.

Names of Iranian officials kidnapped in Libya were announced on Wednesday.

An informed source told IRNA that two deputy Director General of Iranian Red Crescent for International and Humanitarian Affairs and Health and Red Crescent Pediatrics who were on a visit to Libya for coordination of humanitarian operations have been abducted there.

He said that Tehran province Director General of Red Crescent Society Montazer Shobbar, his Deputy for International and Humanitarian Affairs Shahaboddin Mohammadi Araghi, Director General for Administrative Affairs Mohammad Balouchi, Director for Medical Procurement Fardin Balouchi, Advisor for Red Crescent Society Seyyad Hassan Mousavi, Deputy for Heath, Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation Affairs Abdol Reza Shahrokhi and an Expert of International Affairs Mohammad Amir Sharifi Fard are those kidnapped in Libya.

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