Two UAE aid workers kidnapped, killed in Aden

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 21 March 2020: The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the killing of two Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) humanitarian aid employees operating in Aden, Yemen.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation underscored the UAE’s utter condemnation of such criminal acts and its categorical rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of all human and religious values and principles.

The ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Emirates Red Crescent, reiterating that targeting humanitarian aid staff is a flagrant violation of all international treaties that ensure the protection of relief workers and rescue squads, said Wam.

“The ministry values the humanitarian efforts made by the Emirates Red Crescent Authority in Yemen and in other nations around the world to provide all forms of aid and alleviate the suffering of affected families and individuals,” added the statement.

ERC deeply condemns, regrets loss of two of its employees

”Targeting humanitarian workers is a challenge to international treaties and covenants,” affirmed ERC, in a statement following the loss of two of its employees in Aden, Yemen.

The two were kidnapped by unknown armed men in Aden and later found murdered after being tied up.

”The ERC expresses its deep regret and condemnation of the loss of Ahmed Fouad Al Yousefi, Coordinator of ERC Operations in Aden, and his fellow Mohamed Tareq, while they were performing a sacred duty in one of the world’s most vulnerable and complex humanitarian zones,” the ERC added.

Such hostile acts impede relief operations and delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected people in Yemen and aggravate their humanitarian conditions and suffering, the ERC noted.

”We will continue our relief operations and development projects in Yemen regardless of challenges and risks we may face,” the ERC reiterated.