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Côte d'Ivoire: ICRC urges respect for humanitarian law

05-12-2002 News Release 02/49

Following the outbreak of hostilities in western Côte d'Ivoire, ICRC staff based in Man are providing emergency medical care for wounded soldiers and civilians in cooperation with the Ivorian Red Cross.

In Danané et Toulepleu, National Society volunteers are also treating victims of the recent events, and emergency medical supplies have been dispatched to the Daloa military hospital, where soldiers wounded at the front are brought.

In view of the present situation, the ICRC wishes to remind all those bearing weapons of their obligation to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law – in particular the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols – and to spare civilians and their property. Furthermore, all those not taking a direct part in the hostilities, including wounded and captured combatants who are no longer able to defend themselves, must be treated with humanity and without discrimination. To execute such people without a fair trial, to loot civilian property or to hinder humanitarian action in any way are serious violations of humanitarian law.

 Further information: Simon Pluess, ICRC Abidjan, tel: ++225 22 40 00 70