ICRC won’t resume work until attack motive defined
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday said it would not resume operations in Afghanistan until the motive of a dead attack on its workers in northern Jawzjan province was established.
Six ICRC aid workers were killed in a suspected Islamic State attack and another two workers went missing in Jawzjan on Wednesday.
Soon after the attack, the ICRC put on hold its humanitarian operation across Afghanistan.
The ICRC has been working in Afghanistan to protect civilians, defend prisoners’ human rights, and provide health services to people.
Cooperating with emergency sections of hospitals, providing drinking water, transferring injured from war grounds to hospitals and cooperating with the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) are part of ICRC programs.
Ahmad Ramin Ayaz, ICRC spokesman, expressed concern about security of humanitarian workers in Afghanistan and said the organization had currently suspended all its operations, except orthopedic services, in the country.
Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Ayaz said the ICRC was committed to supporting the Afghan people as it was providing humanitarian services to them over the past 30 years.
However, he said: “The ICRC would not resume its operations until the nature, motive and reason for the attack on our workers in Jawzjan are provided and because protection of our staff is our high priority.”
He said it remained unclear what prompted the attack and who were behind it. There was also no information about the two ICRC members who had gone missing, Ayaz added.
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