GENEVA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) staff member died on Tuesday after he was shot Monday night in eastern Syria while on duty, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
Khaled Khaffaji was shot in an ambulance clearly marked with the red cresent emblem in Deir Ezzor, the ICRC said in a statement.
He was the fifth member of the SARC's staff to be killed in conflicts in Syria.
The SARC is the local partner for ICRC to carry out operations in conflict-stricken Syria.
The identity of Khaffaji's killer was not clear.
"We are devastated. The loss of Khaled is completely unacceptable," said Abdul Rahman al-Attar, president of the SARC.
He urged all sides in Syria to respect health-care workers and the red cross and red crescent emblems, and allow SARC volunteers to provide assistance unhindered and in safety.
Under international humanitarian law, parties to an armed conflict must distinguish at all times between civilians and those involved in fighting, and take all feasible precautions to spare civilian lives.
Medical staff and facilities, and humanitarian relief personnel, must be respected and protected from attack.