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Thailand/Cambodia: Red Cross Movement assists thousands following border clashes

Displaced people receiving assistance.
© REUTERS/ / Sukree Sukplang

Armed clashes between Thailand and
Cambodia displaced some 30,000 people in the two countries between 4 and
8 February. There were several casualties and the Cambodian authorities
detained a Thai soldier for a number of days.

The
ICRC, the Thai Red Cross Society and the Cambodian Red Cross took steps
to alleviate the human consequences of these clashes. Jacques Stroun,
the Head of the Regional Delegation in Bangkok, look back at their
efforts and achievements.
What did the ICRC do during this period?
We
worked closely with the Thai Red Cross Society, the Cambodian Red Cross
and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies. The main focus was on displaced persons, who lacked many
basic necessities. The National Societies distributed food, tarpaulins,
blankets, clothes, mosquito nets, bottled water and buckets. They also
took the lead in helping the authorities of their respective countries
look after these displaced persons.
The ICRC sent health personnel
and water engineers to both countries, to help conduct a thorough
assessment of the health and hygiene situation.
What is the ICRC’s role when fighting breaks out between two countries?
Displaced people receiving assistance.
© REUTERS/ / Sukree Sukplang
As the guardian of international humanitarian law (IHL),
the ICRC is mandated by the nations of the world to assist and protect
people affected by conflict. As a neutral organization, we can talk to
all sides, and help find solutions to the humanitarian problems that
arise from conflict.
On 8 February, the ICRC met a Thai soldier
captured during the fighting, and our representatives were present when
he was released in Phnom Penh.
Were you in contact with the Cambodian and the Thai authorities during the fighting?
We
raised our concerns regarding the humanitarian situation with the
governments of both countries. One of our priorities was for both
countries to conduct their military operations in conformity with IHL.
ICRC
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