Taliban revokes months-long ban on Red Cross in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will once more be capable of function in the a part of Afghanistan underneath the management of the Taliban, the militant group introduced because it provided security ensures to the aid physique.

The ICRC and the World Health Organization (WHO) had been expelled from Taliban-held areas in mid-April after being accused of failing to stay impartial in the Afghan armed battle. On Sunday, a spokesman for the Taliban introduced that the ban has been revoked for the ICRC after negotiations in Qatar.

The militant group “restores the previous safety ensures to ICRC in Afghanistan and instructs all mujahideen to pave the way in which for ICRC actions and be aware of safety to this committee’s employees and gear,” Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a press release, which didn’t point out the WHO.

The Taliban talked about new guarantees of humanitarian support on prime of previous agreements with the ICRC as an incentive for lifting the ban.

Schaerer Juan-Pedro, who heads the ICRC’s department in Afghanistan, stated he welcomed the event that may permit the humanitarian company to proceed its work.

The ICRC strives to stay strictly impartial in any battle, the place its medics and support employees provide humanitarian help. This coverage permits it to mediate retrieval of our bodies of individuals killed on the battlefield or monitor therapy of prisoners.

The Taliban is preventing an 18-year-long guerrilla warfare in opposition to the US-led overseas army forces and the Kabul authorities they’re propping up. It presently controls over half of all Afghan districts, most of them in rural elements of the nation, repeatedly launching raids and suicide bombing assaults in opposition to their opponents.