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Nationalities of aid doctors with MSF abducted in Syria revealed

The nationalities of the five Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employees taken by an unknown group in Syria have been revealed, though few other details of their disappearance have emerged.


Among those abducted were Belgian nationals, Danish, Swedish and Swiss, according to MSF spokesperson Sibylle Berger.

The NGO, which is headquartered in France, said the staffers were snatched from an MSF building in northern Syria without giving further details on Friday.

Berger, who is based in Beirut, said to Agence France Presse that the humanitarian medical group has not had contact with them since Thursday night.

Local MSF chapters from Sweden, Denmark and Belgium confirmed the nationalities to AFP.

Aid workers with MSF run six hospitals and four health care centres in northern Syria and run programmes from neighbouring countries to reach refugees and others inside the country.

In September 2013, a Syrian surgeon working for MSF was killed in northern Syria and seven employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross were abducted in the province of Idleb in October.

Humanitarian workers in Syria face many risks, however the number of people needing aid continues to spiral with the United Nations saying three quarters of Syrians will need assistance in 2014.

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