Red Cross says volunteers hurt in Myanmar, urges halt to violence

Red Cross volunteers have been injured while helping people hurt in violence in Myanmar, where security forces are cracking down on pro-democracy protests, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Friday. "The IFRC urges restraint and a halt to violence across Myanmar." Video footage emerged this week of police severely beating three members of a Myanmar volunteer ambulance service.

Reuters | Singapore | Updated: 05-03-2021 17:04 IST | Created: 05-03-2021 16:45 IST
Red Cross says volunteers hurt in Myanmar, urges halt to violence
The reported casualties make Sunday the deadliest day since the military seized power on February 1. Image Credit: ANI

Red Cross volunteers have been injured while helping people hurt in violence in Myanmar, where security forces are cracking down on pro-democracy protests, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Friday. At least 55 people have been killed in Myanmar since a Feb. 1 military coup, according to a United Nations tally. More than 1,700 people have been arrested and many people, including medics, have been beaten by members of the security forces.

"There have been very serious incidents where Red Cross volunteers were injured and wrongfully arrested. Red Cross ambulances have also been damaged," Alexander Matheou, the IFRC's Asia Pacific regional director, said in a statement. Matheou said the injured Myanmar Red Cross volunteers had been providing life-saving treatment to wounded people in line with fundamental principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality.

"Red Cross volunteers should never be targeted," he said. "The IFRC urges restraint and a halt to violence across Myanmar."

Video footage emerged this week of police severely beating three members of a Myanmar volunteer ambulance service. Reuters was not able to verify the footage. A spokesman for the ruling military council has not commented on the video and did not answer telephone calls seeking comment on Friday.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Viral variants and vaccine nationalism pose two-pronged threat to Covid victory

... ...

Tracking Fintech during COVID-19: Harnessing power of technology

Its abundantly clear now that as fintech cements its place in the financial sector, accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could open the sector to new possibilities by harnessing the power of technology to deliver financial ...

Tectonic turns: How technology shaped healthcare over the decades

Tracing an episodic evolution, with technology at the interface of human and his health....

World Water Day sees crises of inequality in countries both rich and poor

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Argentine president cleared following bout of COVID-19

Argentine President Alberto Fernndez was given his medical all clear on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in April, though he never displayed more than mild symptoms and continued to work through a period of isolation.Fe...

BRIEF-Group Of Democratic Lawmakers To Present Plan To Expand U.S. Supreme Court - WSJ

April 14 Reuters - GROUP OF DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS TO PRESENT PLAN TO EXPAND U.S. SUPREME COURT - WSJ Source httpson.wsj.com3mM6mmCAlso Read Pakistan Democratic Movement suffers split as Bilawals PPP, ANP leave alliance...

J&J COVID-19 vaccine in limbo as U.S. panel delays vote on resuming shots

Johnson Johnsons COVID-19 vaccine remained in limbo on Wednesday as a U.S. health panel called for more data before making a decision on how and whether to resume use of the one-dose shot, putting off a vote for a week or more. The U.S. Ce...

NBA's Houston Rockets probing cyber attack, working closely with FBI

The Houston Rockets are investigating a cyber attack that attempted to install ransomware on the basketball teams internal systems, and the organization is working closely with the FBI, team officials said.The Rockets organization recently ...

Give Feedback