The ICRC is alarmed at the situation in Afghanistan

KABUL – The security situation in many parts of Afghanistan remains “alarming”, impeding access to medical care, expressed concern  the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday.

“Despite progress in the quality of life of certain sectors of the population over the past decade, the security situation in many parts of the country is alarming, said Jacques de Maio, in charge of ICRC operations in Asia South. Access to medical care is very low in areas affected by the conflict, with local clinics closed in some areas due to fighting, attacks against local or intimidation suffered by staff. ”

The ICRC does not cite the most affected areas, but while the military intervention of the international coalition is entering its 10th year, the country remains plagued by violence. “Many rural communities feel vulnerable as ever,” according to the ICRC, which noted that the displacement related to the conflict are up 40 percent compared to last year in parts of the north.

Even the people in the areas of Logar and Wardak, near Kabul, no longer feel safe because all the belligerents make use of intimidation and coercion to force them to “take sides,” said the ICRC.

Moreover, Poland has announced that one of its soldiers was killed and two others wounded by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Ghazni province (south) on Tuesday . The bomb exploded under an armored vehicle, killing the soldier, said Jacek Sonta, spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Defense.

Poland has lost 29 soldiers in Afghanistan since the beginning of his involvement in the country in 2007. Its contingent of 2,600 troops should be reduced to a hundred men before the end of the year.

Since the beginning of the year, 457 soldiers of the international coalition had been killed in Afghanistan.

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