Swiss Red Cross worker killed as ICRC’s Donetsk HQ, city center shelled
A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.
Non-profit organization condemned the Donetsk shelling, saying it was in violation of international humanitarian law.
“We are deeply shocked by this death. We know that today [Thursday] in Donetsk there were other casualties among civilians. Indiscriminate shelling of residential areas is unacceptable and violates the international humanitarian law,” the ICRC’s statement said.
ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.
“One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We’re deeply distressed by this loss,” Watson told Reuters.
— ICRC (@ICRC) October 2, 2014
“A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed,” Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told TASS news agency.