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Colombia: Evacuations follow clashes

12-08-1998 News Release 98/32

On 5 August, after intense fighting between government armed forces and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) rocked the Miraflores region of Guaviare department in eastern Colombia, the ICRC and the Colombian Red Cross carried out an operation to evacuate the wounded and transport mortal remains out of the area.

Having received a request on 5 August to proceed with the evacuation operation, the ICRC and the National Society chartered a DC3 aircraft the same day to reach the remote region. Once the necessary authorizations had been obtained, the ICRC team arrived in Miraflores, from where 14 wounded soldiers were transferred to hospital in the departmental capital, San José del Guaviare, by Colombian Red Cross volunteers. The mortal remains of nine soldiers were later flown out by the ICRC plane and brought to the military base in San José.