DAMASCUS, June 22 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian Red Crescent paramedic died late Friday after sustaining a gunshot to his head while on duty in the eastern Deir al-Zour province, a Red Crescent official said.
Bashar al-Yousef, a paramedic and volunteer in the Red Crescent, was shot while on duty at al-Rashidieh area in Deir al-Zour, the official said in a statement sent to Xinhua.
The Red Crescent condemned the attack and called on all concerned parties in Syria's 16-month-old unrest to provide safe passages to the humanitarian teams in order to give help to all those in need.
The organization, however, spelled no further details on the circumstances of the incident, but apparently, Yousef had been shot during clashes in that region, which has been witnessing constant confrontation between armed men and government troops.
Syria's state-run media said that Syrian troops clashed in Deir al-Zour with armed groups on Friday.
Al-Yousef is the second volunteer to get killed since the unrest in Syria began last year.
The Red Crescent with cooperation of the International Red Cross have been granted permission by the Syrian government to extend their reach to restive areas, but the groups have stumbled by the armed opposition, who weren't apparently on the same page over allowing relief aid and workers to get to the restive people.
On Thursday, a team grouping both Red Crescent and Red Cross representative tried to get to troublesome areas in central Homs province, but failed after the armed rebels reportedly turned them down, according to a Syrian foreign ministry statement.