Red Cross denies stirring panic in Sri Lanka


The Red Cross on Wednesday rejected charges it was trying to stir panic over the plight of Sri Lankan civilians trapped in fighting between soldiers and Tamil rebels in a row over body bag orders placed by the group. The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said it had placed orders for 2,500 body bags in January after swapping 912 combatants’ bodies between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels last year In a statement, the Red Cross denied accusations made by the government last week that the group had ordered 35,000 body bags in January.

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