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Central African Republic: medical airlift

30-05-1996 News Release 96/21

Although the situation in Bangui appears to be settling after the violence of the past few days, access to the Central African capital by road was still difficult on 28 May. The ICRC therefore sent in 1.2 tonnes of medicines and other medical supplies by air from Yaoundé (Cameroon), to replenish stocks in the city's hospitals.

In the course of Sunday 26 May, teams of the ICRC and the Central African Red Cross Society had been able to resume their activities, suspended during part of the previous day because of the confusion prevailing in the capital. On 26 and 27 May, first-aid teams transported several more dead and wounded to the city's hospitals, where medical staff was being replaced by volunteers of the Central African Red Cross.