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Sri Lanka: ICRC condemns killing of 15 aid workers and continues to assist the displaced in Trincomalee

07-08-2006 News Release 06/88

Colombo / Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strongly condemns the killing of 15 national employees of the French humanitarian organization Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in the town of Muttur, Trincomalee district, Sri Lanka.

The ICRC is deeply concerned about the serious deterioration of the security situation, which has severely hampered the efforts of aid workers to provide assistance for the country's most vulnerable people. " We are appalled at what happened to the ACF staff, " said Yvonne Dunton, head of the ICRC's sub-delegation in Trincomalee. " This was a deliberate attack on a humanitarian organization that was doing valuable work for the people of Muttur. "

The ICRC calls on all the parties to the conflict   to respect the work of humanitarian agencies and to refrain from any acts that might jeopardize their staff or their activities. It also urges the relevant authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure that aid workers assisting the civilian population and persons no longer taking part in the hostilities are spared from attack and can move about freely and safely.

Today, the ICRC provided displaced families in the town of Kantale with assistance consisting of 335 tarpaulins, 335 hygiene kits (soap, washing powder, razors, bath towels and shampoo) and 112 baby parcels (blankets, towels and baby powder). It is also installing sanitary facilities and two water-distribution systems in the camps where the families are sheltering. More relief activities for the displaced population are planned for the coming days.

    

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 22 730 24 05 or mobile +41 79 217 32 26  

 Davide Vignati, ICRC Colombo, tel: + 94 11 250 33 46 or mobile +94 77 728 96 82