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Russian Federation / Northern Caucasus: civilians under fire in Southern Chechnya

11-07-1996 News Release 96/27

Heavy fighting flared once again on 9 July in several villages in the southern part of the Republic of Chechnya, shattering a six-week-old cease-fire between the Russian federal authorities and the Chechen separatists.

ICRC delegates close to the conflict zones (four in the south-west and two in the south-east) are monitoring the situation and standing by to assist the wounded. As soon as the fighting broke out they began distributing emergency supplies to the medical facilities in both Urus Martan and Grozny that have been receiving casualties. 

The ICRC yesterday appealed to the warring parties to comply with international humanitarian law, urging them in particular to spare the civilian population and those taken prisoner and to care for the wounded.