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Red Cross makes appeal for staff abducted in Syria

Red Cross makes appeal for staff abducted in Syria
April 15
15:44 2019

(UTV|COLOMBO) – The Red Cross is seeking information about three staff members abducted in Syria five and a half years ago.

In its first detailed statement on the incident, it says Louisa Akavi, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes Louisa Akavi, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes were seized in October 2013 while travelling to Idlib province in north-western Syria.

Ms Akavi was held by the Islamic State (IS) group and there is evidence she was alive in late 2018, the Red Cross says.

The fate of Mr Rajab and Mr Bakdounes is not known.

Ms Akavi, a citizen of New Zealand, is a 62-year-old nurse who has carried out 17 field missions. Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes, both Syrian nationals, worked as drivers who delivered humanitarian assistance in the country.

New Zealand says that a special forces team has been trying to locate Ms Akavi.

“This has involved members of the NZDF [New Zealand Defence Force] drawn from the Special Operations Force, and personnel have visited Syria from time to time as required,” said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

“This non-combat team was specifically focused on locating Louisa and identifying opportunities to recover her.”

 

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