No more safe passage for Red Cross in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Source: BBC News

The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan.

The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian agency of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul.

The ICRC monitors detention conditions and provides medical aid. It scaled down its presence in Afghanistan last year after seven staff were killed.

The group told the BBC it was concerned by the Taliban’s move.

Separately on Thursday, a blast in a Shia Muslim area in western Kabul killed at least 48 people, the health ministry told the BBC. The Taliban denied it was responsible for the latest attack targeting civilians in the Afghan capital.

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