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Knin: the ICRC intervenes and calls for respect of civilian populations and of prisoners.

04-08-1995 News Release 1800

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), faced with the recent resumption of military operations in former Yugoslavia and in particular in the region around Knin, is acutely concerned by the fate of those civilian populations who are dramatically exposed in all the combat zones.

The ICRC appeals to the Croatian military authorities and to all other parties involved to respect international humanitarian law. The ICRC calls upon them not to undertake attacks of an indiscriminate nature, and so liable to endanger civilian populations, and to treat captured combatants and detained civilians in a humane manner. The ICRC also calls upon the warring parties to provide the necessary care to both the wounded and the sick and to respect the Red Cross emblem.

The ICRC requests immediate access to all combatants and to all civilians captured by all the warring parties. Its delegates are already present in the towns of Knin, Bihac, Velika Kladusa, Vojnic, Banja Luka, Petrovac and Zagreb among others.