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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Red Cross demands Mid-East action
The International Committee of the Red Cross has called for immediate political action to contain the "deep crisis" in the West Bank and Gaza.

The statement was an unusual departure from its normally non-political stance.

The ICRC said the measures imposed by Israel had denied the Palestinian population the right to live a normal and dignified life.

But the Israeli government insisted it was co-operating with the Red Cross to ensure the flow of humanitarian aid.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 01:13:53 AM EST
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Red Cross Warns of Record Number of Natural Disasters
Global warming has led to a record number of natural disasters in 2007, according to a report by the International Red Cross presented on Thursday.

The organisation said that in comparison to last year there has been an increase of 20 percent in the number of natural disasters, most of them weather-related.

As of 10 October 2007, the organisation had already recorded 410 disasters, 56 percent of which were weather-related, which is consistent with the trend of rising numbers of climate change-related disasters, says the annual World Disasters Report.

The report also shows that natural disasters hit 270 million people every year, while in the previous decade the figure was 240 million. The number of deaths caused by disasters has doubled to 1,2 million people.
by das monde on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 02:01:20 AM EST
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