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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 15:58
Red Cross forced to scale down in Afghanistan
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The International Red Cross (ICRC) is to drastically reduce its presence in Afghanistan after seven of its staff were killed in attacks this year.

Two ICRC offices will close and a third will see operations scaled down.

The ICRC country head said the "painful decision" meant people in the north would no longer get help they needed.

She stressed the Red Cross would not leave Afghanistan, but said the organisation had to limit the risks faced by its staff.

Many other humanitarian organisations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years as Taliban and so-called Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks.

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