ICRC deplores civilian deaths in Afghanistan

July 9th, 2008 - 10:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Wednesday deplored the high civilian casualties in violent attacks in the country since July 4 that have killed or injured at least 250 civilians. “Civilians continue to be killed and wounded in the ongoing hostilities. We call on all parties to the conflict, in the conduct of their military operations, to distinguish at all times between civilians and fighters and to take constant care to spare civilians,” said Franz Rauchenstein, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Kabul.

“Civilians must never be the target of an attack unless they take a direct part in the fighting. These fundamental requirements of international humanitarian law, also known as the laws and customs of war, are binding on all parties to an armed conflict,” he said.

The ICRC is particularly concerned about the continuing use of indiscriminate attacks, which by their nature strike military objectives and civilians or civilian objects without distinction.

The ICRC therefore deplored the Monday suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul. The Afghan Red Crescent evacuated wounded people from the scene of the explosion.

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