ICRC chairman voices to princess Lalla Malika worries over humanitarian situation in West Bank
Morocco-Palestine, Culture, 5/13/2002
Chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jacob Kellenberger, expressed worries, in a letter he sent to Princess Lalla Malika, chairwoman of the Moroccan Red Crescent, over the dangerous humanitarian situation in the West Bank.
The letter which came in response to a message from the princess asking the ICRC's chairman to take concrete measures to guarantee the safety of medical staff delivering emergency care and protection of Palestinians, in accordance with the international humanitarian law.
In his letter, Kellenberger states that he shares Lalla Malika's concerns over the humanitarian situation which has become very dangerous in most of the west bank cities and over threats facing medicaids. He stressed that during the last weeks, ambulance drivers and other medical staff working with the Palestinian red crescent as well as ICRC personnel have been working in very difficult conditions.
He also deplored that despite efforts, the situation of civilians, mainly those sick or injured, is deteriorating.
Meantime, Princess Lalla Malika, chairwoman of the Moroccan Red Crescent (CRM), renewed the CRM's support to the Palestinian counterpart so that it carries out its lofty humanitarian mission, hailing its remarkable effort at the service of Palestinians.
Speaking during a ceremony marking the world day of the red cross and red crescent societies and the Moroccan week of the Moroccan red Crescent, the princess deplored the difficult situation in Palestine where "unarmed civilians are facing the most serious human rights violations" and where "the lives and properties of a people living in an occupied land are not protected and most developed mass destruction weapons were used."
She also hailed efforts made by the Palestinian Red Crescent to help the Palestinian people, before calling for an effective solidarity against war victims.
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