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Northern Caucasus: assistance for the wounded

28-02-1996 News Release 96/8

Clashes once again broke out last week between the forces of the Russian Federation and Chechen independence fighters in Novogrozny, in eastern Chechnya, and in both Archty and Galachki, in the neighbouring Ingush Republic to the west. In the past few days ICRC delegates have distributed about one tonne of medicines and other emergency medical supplies to local facilities treating the wounded.

Meanwhile, distributions of drinking water are continuing in some parts of the Chechen capital Grozny, and four community kitchens are serving hot meals daily to almost 2,000 particularly vulnerable residents of the city. Another two kitchens are soon to be opened. The ICRC is running the community-kitchen programme in conjunction with the local Red Cross.