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Colombia: Heavy fighting along the Caguan

11-03-1998 News Release 98/10

Since 1 March violent clashes have pitted Brigade No. 3 of the Colombian army against the Southern Bloc of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) between Cartagena del Chairá and Remolinos del Caguán, along the river of the same name (in the southern department of Caquetá).

The FARC reported that the fighting had left 83 people dead and 32 wounded, and asked the ICRC for assistance. Delegates evacuated the bodies from the combat zone, and are searching the area on foot for other casualties.

A total of 43 soldiers were captured by the FARC. Since it received a list of only 27 names, the ICRC is continuing its efforts around Cartagena del Chairá to obtain the names of the remaining 16 prisoners.

More than 200 people displaced by the recent fighting received assistance from ICRC delegates and  Colombian Red Cross workers.

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