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ICRC says attacks on doctors must stop

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 01:37

Aug. 10 - The Red Cross condemns attacks on medical personnel, saying more must be done to enforce international law. Lily Grimes reports.

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Here in Libya Red Cross doctors regularly work under fire. Medical teams struggle with severe shortages and ambulances are often attacked - in violation of international law. ICRC Director Of Operations says resolving this is a key priority. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ICRC DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, PIERRE KRAEHENBUEHL, SAYING: "In many instances in fact people aren't necessarily dying as a result of direct attacks against them in situations of armed conflict but rather because they have been prevented from reaching proper care and treatment in hospitals or health posts or the other way round, health personnel have been prevented from reaching the wounded and the sick." In Colombia four decades of conflict have left some areas with no health care at all. ICRC mobile clinics attract people from miles around. Juliette travelled two hours on horseback to bring her baby. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MOTHER OF SICK BABY, JULIETTE, SAYING: "I am very worried about the health of my son. We really need a doctor here." Denial of access to health care, says the ICRC, is the most dangerous attack of all. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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ICRC says attacks on doctors must stop

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 01:37