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Afghanistan: Increased support for medical facilities

04-08-1999 News Release 99/31

Since fighting resumed north of Kabul last week, the ICRC has increased its support for medical facilities in the capital, the Shamali plain and the Panjshir Valley, and for first-aid posts close to the front line to ensure that the war-wounded can be given proper care. Delegates are keeping a close watch over the situation in hospitals, where several hundred people have received surgical treatment.

Delegates working in the ICRC's offices in Kabul and the Panjshir Valley are also monitoring population movements and assessing potential humanitarian needs.

Concerned by the humanitarian implications of this renewed outbreak of hostilities, the ICRC is maintaining a constructive dialogue with the parties to the internal conflict, reminding them of their obligation to respect the lives and property of all persons protected by international humanitarian law.