October 14, 2013
Three Red Cross Workers Taken Hostage in Syria
Actually, the number was closer to six (with some reports claiming seven) but the hostage takers let some of them go. Details remain hazy on just who is still being held hostage and who was let go:
Officials say a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and three of six Red Cross staffers taken hostage in Syria are free and safe....I'll point out that the workers had come through Damascus, meaning they were there with regime blessings, but were in Syria's north, meaning they were in rebel held territory. So, either the locals who captured them let the infidels go and kept the "traitors" (the local security team), or the other way around -- they let the Muslims go and kept the infidels. That, or they just kept the ones they thought they could get the highest ransom for.
Simon Schorno, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus, said over the weekend the assailants snatched the seven aid workers from their convoy near the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province around 11:30 a.m. local time as the team was returning to Damascus. He declined to provide the nationalities of the six ICRC employees, and said it was not clear who was behind the attack.
Syria's state news agency, quoting an anonymous official, said the gunmen opened fire on the ICRC team's four vehicles before seizing the Red Cross workers. The news agency blamed "terrorists," a term the government uses to refer to those opposed to President Bashar Assad.