“Maharram Anvar Oglu Mustafayev, a 49-year-old father of two, died yesterday afternoon while providing humanitarian aid in Barda city center. Mr. Mustafayev has been an Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society volunteer for six years and was a dedicated and respected member of the Barda local branch. He was killed when his car was hit by a rocket,” IFRC said.
IFRC also said that two female Red Crescent volunteers, Hajiyeva Ulviya and Babishova Fatma, were also injured while identifying the needs of people living in a temporary shelter at the Barda school No. 6, 500 meters from the scene. They have been discharged from the hospital and are back on duty. The Red Crescent volunteers are among many civilians killed and injured in Barda.
Furthermore, IFRC quoted the words of President of Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Novruz Aslanov, who appreciated the messages of condolence and support received from throughout the world and from the Red Cross Red Crescent family.
“Unfortunately, staff and volunteers of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society have made the ultimate sacrifice at the cost of their lives and their health. Like Maharram, all the volunteers of the Red Crescent Society are providing vital humanitarian assistance at the front line and beyond. We will continue our mandate to provide assistance to the many who so desperately need it,” Aslanov said.
IFRC also quoted the words of President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Francesco Rocca, who said that deaths and injuries among innocent civilians are completely unacceptable.
“All sides have obligations under International Humanitarian Law, including taking measures to protect and spare civilians and civilian infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, and markets,” Rocca said.
“Civilians, including humanitarians, must be spared. We are shocked and appalled at the death of Mr. Mustafayev and the injury of two of his colleagues. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences are with his family and with Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society.”
29 October, 09:32
Father and local team member, volunteer of IFRC (Europe Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) was killed while delivering humanitarian support in Barda city of Azerbaijan as a result of Armenia's deadly shelling of city with cluster rockets, AzVision.az reports.
"We are devastated to learn that one of our volunteers was killed this afternoon while delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in Barda, Azerbaijan. The 39-year-old father was part of an Azerbaijani Red Crescent. Emergency mobile team and was hit by shelling. Humanitarians are not a target," IFRC Europe wrote on Twitter.