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At least 29 children killed in Yemen bus attack: Red Cross

SANAA: At least 29 children were killed Thursday in an attack on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, where a Saudi-led military coalition said it carried out a strike, the Red Cross said. "A hospital supported by our team in Yemen received the bodies of 29 children under the age of 15 and 48 wounded, including 30 children," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) tweeted. A spokesman for the Red Cross in Sanaa told AFP the toll was not final as casualties from the attack had been taken to several different…

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

GENEVA: The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros). In a statement, the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was "outraged", and said it would "ensure any staff involved are held to account." The Ebola virus killed more than 11,300 people and infected an estimated 29,000, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and…

1.2 million people ‘battered’ by Irma: Red Cross

GENEVA: An estimated 1.2 million people have already been "battered" by Hurricane Irma, a number that could surge to 26 million, the Red Cross said on Thursday. "Our worst fears have played out in Barbuda and elsewhere,” Walter Cotte, Americas director for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said in a statement. Irma -- one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record -- has turned the Caribbean islands of Barbuda and St Martin into mountains of rubble. The Geneva-based…

Six Red Cross staff killed, two missing in Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Unidentified gunmen killed six Afghan employees of the Red Cross delivering relief supplies in snowbound northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, underscoring the dangers faced by aid workers in the war-battered country. Two other Red Cross workers were missing following the ambush in the volatile province of Jowzjan, in one of the worst attacks on the international charity in the country for years. Their convoy, comprising three drivers and five field officers, came under fire while they were…

25,000 evacuated from Syria’s Aleppo so far, says Red Cross

BEIRUT: At least 25,000 people have left the bombed-out eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo since evacuations began last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Yesterday (Monday) only, we evacuated 15,000 people from east Aleppo. If we consider those evacuated on Thursday too, then the total should be 25,000," spokeswoman Ingy Sedky said. She said, "thousands" of others were still waiting to be bussed out, amid a lack of information on the numbers of civilians and fighters remaining in…

Red Cross says hopes to resume Aleppo evacuation on Sunday

BEIRUT: Thousands of people congregated in a square in Syria's east Aleppo, waiting for buses to arrive and take them away from rebel-held areas as part of an evacuation that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hopes will resume on Sunday. Many spent the night sleeping in the streets in freezing temperatures while pro-government and opposition forces as well as their international backers worked on a deal to allow people to be escorted out. The Aleppo evacuation ground to a halt on Friday after a…

Over 30 dead as tanker crashes, explodes in Kenya

NAIROBI: More than 30 people died when a tanker carrying flammable materials crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday, officials said. "At 5:00 am the death toll was 33 but the search is still on," Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Unit said on Sunday. He added that rescuers were continuing to comb the area for bodies. Masai said the accident involved "over 11 vehicles burnt" when the tanker rammed into others on the road and caught fire. Kenya's…