Myanmar Red Cross says workers intimidated, arrested

World | 1 Apr 2021 2:35 pm

Myanmar Red Cross workers have been arrested, intimidated and injured on the front lines as they tried to treat mounting civilian casualties, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

The agency said it was deeply concerned at the growing humanitarian crisis two months after the army seized power. Well over 500 civilians have been reported killed as the junta’s forces have tried to suppress daily protests.

Myanmar Red Cross teams had provided care for over 2,000 people, a statement said. They have also been targeted.

“Myanmar Red Cross first aiders and medics have been wrongfully arrested, intimidated or injured and Red Cross property and ambulances have been damaged. This is unacceptable,” Alexander Matheou, IFRC’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, said.

“Health workers should never be a target. They should be granted unrestricted humanitarian access to people in need.”

The statement did not identify any group as being responsible for the attacks and a Red Cross spokesman declined further comment.

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