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Doctors Without Borders staff members ‘taken’ in Syria

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-03

Five staff members from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been taken from a house in northern Syria, the organisation said on Friday.

"MSF confirms that five members of its staff were taken yesterday night from an MSF house in the north of Syria by a group, apparently for questioning," MSF said in a statement.

MSF did not specify the nationality of those taken, their roles, or who took them, but said it was “in contact with all the relevant stakeholders” and trying to re-establish contact with the staff.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since fighting first broke out in the country over two years ago. While President Bashar al-Assad’s government still controls some pockets of land in the north, rebels fighting for his overthrow, including hardline Islamist factions, have taken swathes of territory.

MSF is not sanctioned by Assad’s government to distribute aid in Syria but it does operate in rebel-held areas. The statement said its doctors work in six hospitals and four health centres in the north of Syria.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-03

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