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Gaza: Repeated mass casualty events put hospitals under severe strain

Gaza (ICRC) – The 60-bed Red Cross Field Hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza is nearly at full capacity following repeated mass casualty events. They include the attack in Al-Mawasi on Saturday that …

Gaza Field Hospital. Surgeons at work (2024). Hisham Mhanna/ICRC

Sudan: ICRC calls for greater access to deliver humanitarian aid as millions of people go without basics for survival

Port Sudan (ICRC) – Fifteen months since the beginning of the armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, millions of people do not have access to essential …


FCS Accountant (based at MSSC, Makati)

Manila Shared Services Center, Makati, Philippines Open-ended Human resources The Closing Analyst is in charge of providing reliable, accurate, and timely accounting data through implementation of …

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Israel and the occupied territories: Key Facts and Figures from 7 October 2023 to 31 March 2024

Six months since the onset of renewed hostilities between Israel and Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza, the violence – unprecedented in scale and nature– continues to exact an immense human toll …


Gaza: Civilians must be spared from impact of fighting

14-07-2024 Over the last week, communities in northern Gaza have endured increased fighting, resulting in large numbers of civilians killed and injured. This comes on top of nine months of …

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Nigeria: ICRC surgical team supports Maiduguri Hospital treating 41 wounded people after multiple blasts in Gwoza

Azerbaijan: Family receives remains of missing loved one, honours with a burial after 30 years

Sitara Mahmudova and her two sons, Nijat and Elchin, waited over 30 years to hear news of their missing husband and father, Akif Mahmudov, who went missing in 1992 in Khojali during the Karabakh war. …

Akif Mahmudov's burial ceremony

Adhering to Humanitarian Norms Paves Way to Peace

— ICRC hosts "Adhering to Humanitarian Norms in Armed Conflicts" Panel at World Peace Forum The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Institute of International Relations of …


Environmental wartime protection is central to the protection of civilians

09-07-2024 Statement delivered by Laetitia Courtois, Permanent Observer and Head of Delegation, at UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting "Stepping up Preventive Action: From Environment …

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ENGLISH Present in Iraq since the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) focuses on addressing the consequences of armed conflicts and other situations of …

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Afghanistan: Wheelchair basketball empowers people with disability

The vibrant energy of Afghanistan's top six wheelchair basketball teams – Kabul, Mazar, Faizabad, Parwan, Herat, and Jalalabad – gathered for the Afghanistan National Wheelchair Basketball …

Wheelchair basketball players from Mazar and Herat competing at the Afghanistan National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, in Herat.

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