VIENNA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A dispute between Israel and Syria is delaying the approval of a new symbol to be approved by the International Red Cross for humanitarian relief efforts.
The cross, along with the "red crescent," are internationally known, approved and protected symbols for humanitarian relief forces, made up of groups in member countries.
The BBC reports Israel had tried to get into the organization with its Magen David Adom, or Red Shield of David. It was denied because it uses a red Star of David, not an approved symbol.
Israel had agreed to use a new "red crystal," a red diamond, which would be used by relief organizations without any religious, national or cultural denominations.
But Syria is complaining Israel won't let its relief groups into the Golan Heights region of the country. The area belonged to Syria until the Six-Day War in 1967.
Magen David Adom and the Palestine Red Crescent had just agreed to work together.
Members of the International Red Cross gathered in Vienna are waiting for an outcome between the Israel-Syria dispute before voting on the new "red crystal" symbol