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Sri Lanka: ICRC calls on all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian aid workers

30-09-2006 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Colombo on September 30 2006

On Saturday 30 September at about one p.m. a grenade exploded immediately in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Jaffna. Nobody was injured as a result of the explosion, which caused only material damage to the building.

The ICRC is extremely concerned by this incident and calls on all parties to the conflict to refrain from acts that jeopardize the safety of humanitarian workers. It also urges the relevant authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure that aid workers assisting the civilian population and those persons no longer taking part in the hostilities are spared from attack and that humanitarian agencies are given unhindered access to the victims of the conflict.

The ICRC has been in Jaffna since 1990 with a presence today of five expatriates and 44 national employees. Since renewed fighting broke out on the peninsula in August, the ICRC has assisted several thousand displaced people.


  Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26 (mobile)
  Davide Vignati, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 77 728 96 82