January 25th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Red Crescent official killed in Syria

Syrian Red Crescent official was gunned down Wednesday and a major city endured a security offensive as violence engulfed Syria.

Abdulrazak Jabero Hisham, the head of the humanitarian organization's branch in Idlib province, was shot dead by a "terrorist group," the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said. The report said he was shot in the head.

Hisham Hassan of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, didn't have details about the killing, but he said the man was shot on the road between Damascus and Idlib.

In the flashpoint city of Hama, security forces and pro-government militias in Syria assaulted neighborhoods overnight, an opposition activist group reported Wednesday.

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