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Yugoslavia/Kosovo: ICRC steps up food distribution

03-12-1998 News Release 98/48

Working in close cooperation with the World Food Programme, the ICRC has pinpointed the areas where people need more assistance and has begun to provide additional food for various distribution centres throughout Kosovo. On 30 November six trucks coming from Belgrade loaded with 60 tonnes of wheat flour, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, yeast and pasta reached Glogovac, in central Kosovo. Further convoys will bring 90 tonnes of food to Srbica and Kosovska Mitrovica (centre and north) this week. The assistance is meant to supplement regular ICRC relief operations in the field. From 1 to 26 November over 260 tonnes of food and thousands of blankets, shoes, clothing articles, hygiene items and baby kits were delivered to various towns and villages in the Pec, Prizren, Pristina and Drenica regions.

A total of 21 ICRC expatriates and 99 local staff members are currently engaged in medical, detention, tracing, relief and water and sanitation operations in Kosovo.