ICRC to RP: Consider Abu Sayyaf demands

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday appealed to the Philippine government to “consider the kidnappers’ demands” and “refrain from further military operations” that could jeopardize the safety of three ICRC workers held captive by Abu Sayyaf bandits.

In a press release posted on the ICRC Web site, Alain Aeschlimann, ICRC head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, reiterated their call to the Philippine government to “do everything in their power to save the lives of the hostages and not take any action” that could put their colleagues at risk, specifically by refraining from further military action.

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