Red Cross freezes Libya operations after staffer slain

A flag floats at the top of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva, on June 4, 2014The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it was temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to assess the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen. “We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyse the situation so we can adapt our operations,” ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP, stressing there were no plans to permanently halt operations in Libya. The announcement came a day after Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss citizen heading the ICRC’s office in Libya’s third city Misrata, was killed by gunmen in Sirte, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) further along the coast.

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