Red Cross to 'drastically reduce' its presence in Afghanistan

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided to "drastically reduce" its presence in Afghanistan after a series of deadly attacks on its staff, the agency said in a statement Monday (October 9).

"Since December 2016, the ICRC has been directly targeted in northern Afghanistan three times, including in what we considered one of our safest facilities, the rehabilitation centre in Mazar-i-Sharif," according to Monica Zanarelli, head of delegation for the ICRC in Afghanistan.

The ICRC's offices of Maimana and Kunduz will be closed, while its sub-delegation in Mazar-i-Sharif will be seriously downsized, the statement added.

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