Syrian rebels have abducted Red Cross workers near the northwest border of Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in Syria, made the announcement Sunday; explaining the abducted members where six Red Cross workers and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer.
Ajazeera news reports the kidnap victims were abducted while they traveled in a convoy to evaluate the medical needs in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The road taken by the Red Cross workers is notorious for kidnappings. The Syrian rebels target aid workers and journalists for abduction.
According to the Associated Press, much of northern Syria has fallen into the hands of rebels, many of them
Islamic extremists, resorting to town raids, murder and kidnapping
More violence erupted Sunday:
- An Islamic extremists blew up a Sufi shrine in Busaira, 30 miles east of Damascus. This is the second shrine destroyed by Syrian rebels in the past month. The Shrine of Eissa Abdelqader as-Rifaiy was destroyed by al-Qaeda linked fighters of the State of Iraq and the Levant.
- Two suicide bombers detonated bombs in front of the Syrian broadcasting headquarters
Last month, 22 Syrian Red Crescent volunteers were killed in a car bomb in Rankus, Syria, 28 miles north of Damascus. The al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels are closing in on the Syrian capital of Damascas, threatening a takeover with mortar attacks and car bombs.
In the city of Moadamiyeh, it is estimated that close to 12,000 civilians remain as hostages in their own town. The Syrian government has tried to force the al-Qaeda linked rebels out by blocking the area. This has made it very difficult for the trapped civilians to get food. The situation in the town of Moadamiyeh has become grave, with reports that at least six people have died due to starvation.
Protests against Syrian intervention continue in United States. Sunday, anti-war activists demonstrated in several U.S. cities, under the unifying theme: “Hands off Syria.”