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ICRC condemns bomb attack in Colombo

02-02-1996 News Release 96/5

Geneva (ICRC) - The bomb attack in the centre of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on 31 January left scores of people dead and more than a thousand injured. All the victims are civilians who happened to be in the buildings directly hit or in nearby streets.

The ICRC delegation in Colombo immediately dispatched emergency first-aid supplies to the city's hospitals. Volunteers of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society gave assistance to people trapped inside the burning buildings, helped take the wounded to hospital and informed the victims'families.

The ICRC condemns this deliberate attack on civilians, which is a serious violation of the rules of international humanitarian law. It urges respect for these rules, so that civilians will no longer be targeted by such acts.