Red Cross workers abducted in Syria
An unspecified number of Red Cross workers were abducted Sunday by gunmen in the restive province of Idlib in northern Syria, dpa reported with reference to state television.
"A terrorist armed group abducted a number of workers in the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria on the Sermeen-Sarqeb road in rural Idlib after shooting at the cars carrying members of the team," the broadcaster said.
Syria's state media uses the term "terrorists" to refer to rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
The abductees were taken to an unknown location, the report said. The Red Cross had yet to comment on the report.
The Red Cross said last month that 22 of its workers have been killed in Syria since the country's conflict started in March 2011.
All the victims belonged to the Syrian Red Crescent, a branch of the Red Cross, and were killed while carrying out humanitarian work, the Red Cross said.
Relief workers Sunday evacuated hundreds of civilians from a rebel-held town near Damascus that has been besieged by Syrian government troops for months, a pro-opposition group said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the evacuation came under an agreement between humanitarian groups and Syrian authorities to help civilians trapped in Madhamiyat al-Sham, south of the capital, to leave safely.
The blockaded town has suffered shortages of medical and food supplies and at least two children died from malnutrition-related diseases in August, the observatory said.