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UN says 50 staff dead, detained or missing in Syria

Red Crescent staff run for cover after Syria's air force hit the town of Douma, northeast of Damascus, where they were distributing aid parcels along with a UN team on May 24, 2014More than 50 UN staff members have been killed, imprisoned or gone missing in war-wracked Syria, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Friday. In a statement to mark International Day of Solidarity with Detained or Missing staff members, OCHA said the war had also hit the Red Cross and Red Crescent as well as international and local NGOs. “Since the start of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, 17 UN staff members, 53 Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff members and volunteers, and eight Palestinian Red Crescent Society staff members and volunteers have lost their lives,” the agency said.

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