2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

A rebel fighter looks on as workers from the Syrian Red Crescent and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees arrive with aid at the rebel controlled checkpoint in Aleppo, Syria on April 8, 2014Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday. Afghanistan topped the list of countries where aid workers faced greater risk, with 81 killed in 2013, according to research from the consultancy group Humanitarian Outcomes. Worldwide, a total of 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped in 2013 — with three-quarters of the violence taking place in five countries: Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Pakistan and Sudan. Figures for the first seven months of this year suggest that danger levels remain high, with 79 aid workers killed — already more than in all of 2012.

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