GENEVA/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The international Committee of the crimson cross (ICRC) has appealed for statistics on the destiny of 3 personnel kidnapped in Syria greater than 5 years in the past and ultimate acknowledged to had been held with the aid of Islamic country.

Breaking its silence on the case on Sunday, the unbiased aid business enterprise diagnosed the 3 as Louisa Akavi, a nurse from New Zealand, and Syrian drivers Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes.

“Our contemporary credible data indicates that Louisa became alive in past due 2018,” it stated.


U.S.-sponsored forces proclaimed the seize of Islamic nation’s closing territory in Syria last month, disposing of its rule over a caliphate it had proclaimed in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

ICRC President Peter Maurer raised her case for the duration of a go to to the camp, run by using Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in March, they brought.

“We name on anybody with records to thrill come forward. If our colleagues are still being held, we name for their immediate and unconditional release,” the ICRC said in a statement presenting a Syrian contact number: +963 953 555 745.
It stated it had now not been capable of learn more details about the 2 drivers, and their fate turned into no longer recognised.

The 3 had been traveling in a crimson move convoy in October 2013, turning in components to clinical facilities in Idlib, northwestern Syria, while it became stopped by armed men. 4 different humans abducted with them had been released the following day.

The Swiss-run employer has a policy of in no way paying ransoms.

Akavi, now 62, joined the ICRC in 1988 and has labored in some of hotspots.

She has been held longer than absolutely everyone in ICRC’s 156-year records, said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC director of operations worldwide.

New Zealand’s government stated it become attempting to find Akavi. Overseas Minister Winston Peters said the government had deployed a non-combat crew based totally in Iraq that protected unique operations employees, “centered on finding ...And identifying possibilities to recover her.”

After being moved with the aid of IS forces to Raqqa in 2017, Akavi turned into seen in Al-Bukamal in past due 2018, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, the final concrete facts on her whereabouts, Stillhart said.

“What we genuinely understand is that Louisa has been working as a nurse in the course of her abduction which shows her determination and dedication,” he said.