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Tajikistan: concern over hostages

12-02-1997 News Release 97/06

With the hostage crisis in its ninth day, the ICRC is deeply concerned about the 14 people still held in captivity following the release of two ICRC staff last Friday.

ICRC operations in Tajikistan are currently suspended. However, a small team has remained in the country and delegates in Dushanbe stand ready to deliver food and medicine to the hostages, and evacuate the sick if necessary. The ICRC welcomed the release yesterday of a sick hostage.