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Tajikistan: ICRC visits 110 prisoners held by opposition forces

11-12-1996 News Release 96/49

On 7 December, four ICRC delegates based in Garm visited 110 government soldiers captured by opposition forces during the fighting which took place in the area on the first of the month. The delegates spoke to each prisoner in private, in accordance with the ICRC's standard procedure, to assess their conditions of detention. They provided medical supplies for the prisoners and will deliver more assistance during a forthcoming visit.

In the past 10 days, the delegates have also distributed food, blankets and medicines to victims of the recent upsurge in violence. Since the road linking the area to Dushanbe has been cut off by the fighting, this was only possible thanks to the stocks that the ICRC keeps on the spot.