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Taliban revoke ban on Red Cross, Offer security guarantees

Last updated on September 15, 2019

Taliban leaders imposed a ban on the ICRC and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in April stating the organizations were taking out”questionable” activities during vaccination attempts rather than sticking with their announced missions.

“The Islamic Emirate frees the prior safety guarantees to ICRC in Afghanistan and teaches each of mujahideen to pave the way for ICRC actions and be cautious of safety for this committee’s employees and gear,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid at a statement.

The spokesman didn’t refer to the WHO in his announcement.

Officials in ICRC and WHO at Kabul weren’t immediately available for comment.

The WHO was carrying out a vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, among the last countries in the world where polio is endemic. The ICRC has been providing medical care for at least 30 decades.

Aid groups working in Afghanistan stress they don’t take sides.

The ICRC, in particular, is famous for its rigorous neutrality in battles.

It functions in Taliban-controlled regions having a guarantee of security and assists to repatriate bodies out of either side after battling between the militants and the Afghan military.

The Taliban management or competition over half of Afghanistan’s 410 Afghan districts.