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Head of Red Cross pleads for medical missions not to be attacked

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39227.459560.DB (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1131
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has pleaded for all parties in armed conflicts to respect international humanitarian law and protect medical missions from attack.

    “Unfortunately this has not been the case in some situations,” said Jakob Kellenberger, the committee's president, referring to the fighting that broke out on 20 May in Nahr al-Bared, the Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon, between the militant group Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army.

    The committee made it clear to all parties involved, he said, that they had to respect medical activities in the camp.

    In an urgent appeal to all sides the committee said, “Medical personnel and humanitarian workers must be allowed to carry out their tasks and have unimpeded access to the wounded. …

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