4 of 7 Kidnapped Red Cross Workers Released in Syria

By: NBC
By: NBC
4 International Red Cross workers have been released, but three other kidnapped workers remain held in Syria.

Firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle after two mortar rounds struck the Abu Roumaneh area in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Syria’s state news agency said two mortar rounds struck an upscale neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least one child and injuring a dozen people. (AP Photo)

Syria - As international inspectors continue their work to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program, the Red Cross has confirmed some of its workers kidnapped Sunday in the country have been released. The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that three of its staff members and one volunteer have been released after seven of them were abducted Sunday by a rebel group linked to al Qaeda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant says that they're holding three other International Red Cross staff members pending an investigation on whether or not they will release them.

In northern Syria at least 15 people have been killed by a car bomb in a market place as shoppers were shopping for the holy holiday of Eid.

The daily violence in Syria is making it very difficult for chemical weapons inspectors inside of the country who arrived on October first. So far they have been able to visit five of the 20 sites connected to the government's chemical weapons.


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