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Humanitarian situation worsens in central Mali: ICRC

01-12-2013 06:12 BJT

GENEVA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Humanitarian situation has worsened in central Mali recently as clashes between national army and armed groups in the center of the country kept escalating, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday.

Many families have fled their homes in Konna, Amba and Bore toward further south. Volunteers backed by ICRC are assessing the most urgent needs of the newly displaced people, the agency said in a statement.

Most of the people have found refuge with host families who are sharing their resources including food, said Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC delegation covering Niger and Mali.

However, "this influx could worsen the already grim living conditions of displaced and residents alike," he said.

The ICRC and the Mali Red Cross are stepping up their work to help people affected by the conflict in the north and in the Mopti area. This largely involves food aid, medical care and programs to furnish drinking water.

"We remind all parties to the conflict of the their obligation to respect international humanitarian law," Marti said, stressing the rules that protect the civilian population and people no longer taking part in the fighting.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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