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.
Early this morning, Monday 19th December, all sides to the conflict gave renewed security guarantees to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Both organizations were able to resume evacuating the thousands of people in need from Eastern Aleppo City.
Thousands of people including women, children, the sick and injured, remain trapped in eastern Aleppo city waiting for the evacuation operation to continue. They waited throughout the night in freezing temperatures, close to the front line and in constant fear and anxiety.