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ICRC confirms hundreds of Somaliland soldiers captured by SSC forces

Las Anod September 01, 2023 (SD) – A statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed the number of soldiers captured in the recent fighting in the outskirts of the city of Las Anod in Sool region.

The ICRC reports that more than 300 soldiers from Somaliland are prisoners in the city of Las Anod, they were captured in the recent conflicts, and the organization has confirmed that there are wounded soldiers including those with serious injuries.

According to the ICRC’s statement released yesterday, Thursday, it was granted their first visit, and they observed more than 300 detainees from Somaliland.

Their visit aims to prioritize humanitarian assistance. The ICRC emphasizes the importance of providing adequate medical care, including food and water, to promote humanitarianism.

“It is crucial that each detainee, from either side, is treated in accordance with international humanitarian law. This means that every detained person must have access to food and water and must never be subject to any form of ill-treatment,” said Pascal Cuttat, the head of the ICRC delegation in Somalia.

The ICRC, in cooperation with the Red Crescent Society, has transferred four wounded individuals to a major hospital in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, where they will receive further treatment

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