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Taliban announce 'ban' on Red Cross, WHO in Afghanistan

AFP  |  Kabul 

The said Thursday it had suspended work in after the announced a "ban" against the humanitarian group and the

According to a statement, the ICRC had not "acted upon its agreements" with the

The insurgents, who control or influence about half of Afghanistan, also accused the WHO of "suspicious movements" during a campaign.

As a result, the Taliban has "decided to ban the operation of these two organisations across the country until further notice," the militants said, noting they would not guarantee health workers' safety.

ICRC said the organisation had put its activities on hold in war-torn Afghanistan, where many in rural areas have scant access to health care and where rates are rising.

"We acknowledge this announcement and have suspended our activities in the country due to the withdrawal of security guarantees," Waudo told AFP.

"Therefore, we are now in the process of contacting the (Taliban) to initiate a bilateral and confidential dialogue in view of the statement."

The WHO did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Taliban last August cancelled a "security agreement" with the ICRC, which suspended activities as a result.

According to the Taliban, the ICRC resumed its activities in October following talks.

The number of cases worldwide has fallen by more than 99 percent since 1988, but the WHO still considers Afghanistan, and to be polio-endemic.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:05 IST