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Lebanon: ICRC calls on fighters to respect humanitarian principles

25-07-2008 News Release 08/132

Beirut / Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) calls on all those involved in the current armed clashes taking place in Bab Tebbaneh, Jabal Mohsen and Kobbeh to spare the population and facilitate evacuation of all the wounded.

In recent weeks, intense fighting has occurred in northern Lebanon. It resumed on 25 July. At least 14 people have been killed and around 100 injured. Many have been forced to flee their homes, and public infrastructure and private property have been destroyed.

The ICRC appeals to those engaged in the fighting to allow medical and humanitarian personnel to carry out their tasks and to give them unimpeded access to the wounded and those in need of humanitarian aid. Those personnel, as well as medical vehicles and facilities, must be protected against the effects of the hostilities.

For further information, please contact:
  Christian Cardon, ICRC Beirut, tel. +961 1 739 297/8/9 or +961 70 129 869
  Jessy Chahine, ICRC Beirut, tel. +961 1 739 297/8/9 or +961 70 163
  Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26