Red Cross to reduce its presence in Afghanistan.

The International Red Cross is to drastically reduce its presence in Afghanistan after loosing 7 of its staff, killed in attacks this year in Afghanistan.

The ICRC offices in Maimana and Kunduz will be closed while the rehabilitation centre in Mazar-e Sharif will stay open, but the plan is to hand over its running to local partners

The ICRC country head, Monica Zanarelli  said the “painful decision” meant people in the north would no longer get help they needed.

She said the organisation had to limit the risks faced by its staff.

The ICRC has worked in Afghanistan for 30 years. Its operation in the country is the ICRC’s fourth largest worldwide, with about 1,800 staff offering medical assistance, helping disabled people and visiting inmates in jail as well as enabling them to keep in contact with their families.

Many other humanitarian organisations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years as Taliban and so-called Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks.