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Zanzibar: ICRC operation on Pemba enters second phase

20-02-2001 News Release 01/05

Geneva (ICRC) - Delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday began visiting persons arrested in connection with the violence that erupted on the twin islands of Pemba and Zanzibar between 25 and 28 January. The ICRC's visits to places of detention are purely humanitarian in nature and focus on the conditions of detention.

The delegates have been able to carry out their work in accordance with the organization’s standard procedures and with full cooperation from the Tanzanian authorities in both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

On Pemba, the team is also expected to assess the situation in the hospitals and other medical facilities that have been treating victims of the clashes and to determine whether further assistance is needed. Last month, the ICRC provided 1.7 tonnes of medical and surgical supplies to the Ministry of Health to care for the injured in the island’s three main hospitals. 

Meanwhile, staff from the ICRC and the Kenya Red Cross Society went to Shimoni, Kenya, to gauge progress in the ongoing Red Cross relief operation for the 1,400 refugees living in a makeshift camp there.