January 17, 2018
Latest News

Red Cross drastically reduces operations in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- The International Committee of the Red Cross has decided to drastically reduce its presence and operations in Afghanistan over the deteriorating security situation which has led to the deaths of several of its workers in recent months.

Following intense conversations at its headquarters in Geneva, the organization decided there is no other option than to reduce its presence and activities in Afghanistan, said ICRC Afghanistan delegation head Monica Zanarelli in a statement released Monday.

"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," she said.

"These incidents have affected not only the ICRC in Afghanistan, but the organization as a whole," Zanarelli added.

The ICRC spokesperson in Kabul, Syawash Kohzad, told EFE that the reduction in operations will mainly affect the organization in northern Afghanistan, where the Red Cross has lost seven workers in armed attacks in the last nine months.

Kohzad explained that the offices in Kunduz and Faryab will be closed and will result in a serious reduction in the work and personnel in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The ICRC will try to transfer some of their operations to other entities by the middle of next year, such as those in the orthopedic center in Balkh, which could be transferred to other partners or the Afghan government, he said.

"This is a difficult moment for the ICRC and the staff," said Zanarelli.

However, she underlined that the decision does not imply an exit of the Red Cross from Afghanistan but rather the limiting of risk assumed by the workers.

On Sept. 11, one of its workers, Lorena Enebral Perez, was killed at her place of work, which led the ICRC to suspend its activities in the northeastern part of the country.

In February this year, the organization temporarily suspended its operations in Afghanistan following the killing of six of its workers and the disappearance of another two in the country's north.

Moreover, in December 2016 another Red Cross worker was kidnapped in northern Kunduz province and freed four weeks later by the Afghan special forces.

News history
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist sentenced to 3 months in prison

Hong Kong, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- A Hong Kong court Wednesday sentenced an activist to three months in prison for obstruction of justice during pro-democracy...

At least 9 people killed in police firing in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Bangkok Desk, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- At least nine people were confirmed dead on Wednesday and 12 others injured during overnight clashes with police trying to...

Thai court dismisses lese majeste charges against historian

Bangkok, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- A Thai military court Wednesday withdrew lese majeste charges against a historian, who had questioned the authenticity of a...

Seoul, Pyongyang start second high-level meeting on Winter Olympics

Seoul, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- South and North Korea began their second high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's participation in the Winter...

Japanese state broadcaster apologizes for false missile alert

Tokyo, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- The Japanese state broadcaster NHK apologized Wednesday after mistakenly sending a news alert on Tuesday stating that North Korea...

North Korean nuclear weapons not acceptable, US says

Toronto, Canada, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The United States' Secretary of State said Tuesday that the US will not accept North Korea's nuclear weapons, and...

Allied countries say they are not seeking regime change in North Korea

Toronto, Canada, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The 20 countries meeting Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss the North Korea crisis said at the end of the summit...

Victims say they had suicidal thoughts after Nassar's sexual abuse

International Sports Desk, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- At least 98 of the more than 100 athletes and former athletes that were sexually abused by a sports physician...

Chile seizes $2.2 million in drugs on Bolivian truck, arrests 3

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Chile's National Customs Service seized a tractor-trailer coming from Bolivia carrying narcotics valued at $2.2 million in the...

Trump in excellent health but wants to lose weight, doctor says

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive problems, though he wants to lose between 10 and 15...

Bipartisan group of senators to reveal immigration bill on Wednesday

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the negotiating group for an immigration agreement in the upper house, said Tuesday...

Pope observes drama of children living in Chilean prison with convict mothers

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis was told by some female inmates of the torment of either having to raise their children in prison or never being...

EFE president: Truthful reporting helps improve Spain-Russia relations

Moscow, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- EFE president Jose Antonio Vera said Tuesday that Spain's international news agency can contribute to improving relations between...

Former Trump aide Bannon subpoenaed in Russia probe

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been called to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation...

Colombian authorities resume recovery of bodies after bridge collapse

Bogota, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Emergency organizations on Tuesday resumed work to recover the bodies of five of the nine people killed when a highway bridge...

Catalan separatists seek to restore ousted regional leader

Barcelona, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The pro-independence parties that control the Catalan parliament announced Tuesday that they will propose to restore ousted...

Venezuelan gov't confirms death of rebel police officer Oscar Perez

Caracas, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol on Tuesday confirmed the death of Oscar Perez, the police officer who had rebelled...

US, Kazakhstan embrace closer ties

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump and Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev agreed here Tuesday to expand bilateral cooperation...

Thousands of Asuncion residents battle floods from Paraguay River

Asuncion, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Residents of the BaƱados district on the banks of the overflowing Paraguay River continue to battle the waters that since...

Iran denounces US "conspiracy" against Syria

Tehran, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Iranian president said Tuesday that the US government's initiative to create a largely Kurdish border force in northeastern...

Chilean police disperse protesters during Pope Francis's visit

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- About 20 people were arrested Tuesday when police broke up demonstrations against Pope Francis's visit to Chile, officials said.

Czech PM faces fresh setback as lawmakers block government investiture

Vienna, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Czech government led by a billionaire populist candidate on Tuesday had its investiture bid rejected by 116 of the 200 lower...

Pope Francis meets with Chilean President Bachelet and her mother

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis had a private meeting Tuesday with President Michele Bachelet in the La Moneda palace's Blue Hall and was...

Willing to be part of official discussions for Rohingya repatriation, says UN

Geneva, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday it was willing to be part of the official talks that...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.