IRAQ - Oct. 27 - Red Cross Review.
The Int'l Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC ICRC
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC n abbr (= International Committee of the Red Cross) → CICR m
ICRC n abbr ) says it is reassessing its operations in Iraq after the suicide attack suicide attack suicide n → Selbstmordanschlag m outside its Baghdad HQ. But ICRC spokeswoman Nada Doumani tells reporters: "We believe we have to stay here because we do have an important job to do here for the Iraqis". ICRC headquarters in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. says."We will be re-evaluating the security conditions in Iraq. But our priority today is to deal with the immediate consequences of this terrible attack, especially for the families of the victims. It's too early to take decisions on our eventual reponse". As well as the two who died, several ICRC staff, including one expatriate, received minor injuries in the blast, and at least 15 passers-by were also wounded. The ICRC reduced its expatriate staff in late July after one of its workers was killed, and did so again after the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in August. ICRC currently has 14 expatriate staff in Baghdad and 30-40 in Iraq as a whole, compared with 130 in mid-July. About 600 Iraqis also work with the ICRC, which has been present in the country since 1980 in the early days of the Iran-Iraq war Iran-Iraq War, 1980–88, protracted military conflict between Iran and Iraq. It officially began on Sept. 22, 1980, with an Iraqi land and air invasion of western Iran, although Iraqi spokespersons maintained that Iran had been engaging in artillery attacks on . It is not clear how many Iraqi nationals were at ICRC headquarters during the Oct. 27 attack but the agency says it was fewer than normal due to the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The attack was an especially tough blow because the ICRC had worked very hard to convince Iraqis of its neutrality and independence. The all-Swiss ICRC was the only large international agency to keep expatriate staff in Baghdad during the 2003 war, when it gave vital support to hospitals treating the wounded including the maintenance of water and power supplies. Since the end of formal hostilities, the ICRC has focused on visits to prisoners of war prisoners of war, in international law, persons captured by a belligerent while fighting in the military. International law includes rules on the treatment of prisoners of war but extends protection only to combatants. and civilian detainees, among them senior officials of the former Baathist regime, as well as its other humanitarian work. Last month the US military said the coalition forces were holding about 10,000 detainees, including some 300 POWs, 5,300 people accused of civil or criminal offences, and about 4,400 being held on security grounds. Other ICRC priorities in Iraq include the provision of materials and drugs in medical emergencies, a drive to raise awareness of the dangers of unexploded ordnance "UXO" redirects here. For the cancelled video game, see .
Unexploded ordnance (or UXOs/UXBs, sometimes acronymized as UO) are explosive weapons (bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc. , and help to strengthen the resources and capacity of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society Iraqi Red Crescent Society was founded in 1932 and it has its headquarters in Baghdad. See also