ICRC Demands Access To Wounded People In South Sudan Town

Tarikh kemaskini: 06/10/2017

JUBA, Oct 6 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed concern about the fate of people wounded in the fighting around Waat, in South Sudan's Bieh state, and requested all sides to allow the wounded access to health care.

The ICRC in a statement issued in Juba reminded all sides involved in the hostilities to respect and protect those not taking part in the fighting, including wounded combatants.

"The ICRC has been able to evacuate several wounded combatants so far and we stand ready to do it again. We are discussing with all sides to the conflict to ensure that the wounded have access to the medical assistance they are entitled to," ICRC's head of delegation in South Sudan, Francois Stamm said.

Fresh clashes erupted early this week between government forces and rebels loyal to the country's former deputy president Riek Machar known as SPLA-IO, which left over 90 killed and dozens injured, according to the South Sudan army (SPLA).

SPLA spokesman Lul Ruai Koang blamed opposition fighters for obstructing evacuation efforts by the ICRC on Wednesday, alleging that rebel fighters fired shells at the airstrip as the ICRC team tried to evacuate their wounded soldiers.....