The fight for Mosul is long, and bitter; civilians now have no choice but to flee. City streets are not supposed to be a battlefield: family homes, neighbourhood shops, schools, and clinics are in the line for fire. Retaking Mosul has made normal life impossible. It was hard for Fathi Yassin to make the decision to leave with his family, but in the end survival became his only priority.
Baghdad (ICRC) - As fighting intensifies around the Iraqi city of Mosul, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is increasing its presence in the field, in order to respond swiftly to new humanitarian needs.
STATEMENT: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director-General : We just learned a few hours ago that we have lost colleagues in Afghanistan. And I must say that seems, first impossible, it was a region we knew very wellâ?¦it's really experienced colleaguesâ?¦.and knowing that they have been killed, attacked directly is the worst possible news. The shock to realise what it means for our actions in Afghanistan, what it means for Afghans, for the family, for the colleagues. I still can't believe that people would attack Red Cross and ICRC colleagues. ENDS
Catherine Gendre, Head of Cairo Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Moamena Kamel, Secretary General of the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC), signed five project agreements yesterday for the year 2017.