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Russian Federation / Northern Caucasus: Emergency aid for hospitals after bomb attack in Kaspiisk

16-05-2002 News Release 02/20

Following a bomb attack in Kaspiisk, Daghestan, on 9 May, the ICRC distributed enough surgical supplies and medicines to treat about 100 wounded.

Following a bomb attack that killed more than 40 persons and wounded about 150 others in the city of Kaspiisk, Daghestan, on 9 May, the ICRC distributed enough surgical supplies and medicines to treat about 100 wounded to four of the five hospitals receiving casualties. ICRC field staff and the president of the local branch of the Russian Red Cross (RRC) are continuing to assess needs in cooperation with the government authorities.

The ICRC has been present in Daghestan since 1995. In cooperation with the RRC, it provides over 25,000 civilians affected by the events of 1999 with humanitarian assistance, including medical aid for local health facilities, bulk food and hygiene items for the population in the regions of Bottlikh, Tsumada, Novolak and Novostroi and bread and hot meals for the displaced. It also visits detainees and carries out programmes to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law and alert people to the danger of mines. The ICRC maintains a permanent presence in the city of Kasavyurt and in the capital, Makhachkala.

In the northern Caucasus as a whole, the ICRC has been active since 1993. In cooperation with the RRC, it is currently providing humanitarian assistance for some 350,000 civilians affected by the ongoing violence in the Chechen Republic.