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Kyrgyzstan: ICRC provides medical aid for victims of violence

07-04-2010 News Release 10/55

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been providing first-aid materials to health-care facilities in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek following Wednesday's violent demonstrations.

The materials were delivered to three facilities in Bishkek. All reported receiving large numbers of wounded but said they were running out of medical supplies.

The ICRC is coordinating its activities closely with the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan, which works throughout the country, including Talas, the city where violent demonstrations took place on Tuesday.

" There have been reports of many dead and injured during today's clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Bishkek, but we don't have precise information at this point, " said Claudia Azzolini, who heads the ICRC's mission in Bishkek. " The ICRC calls on all those involved in the violence to show restraint and to respect both the basic principles of humanity and international standards governing the use of force. Security forces personnel should use lethal force only as a last resort and to the extent strictly necessary to protect life. "

  For further information, please contact:
  Yves Giovannoni / François Blancy, ICRC Tashkent, tel: +998 71 120 52 90 / +998 71 120 52 91
  Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2282 or +41 79 217 3280