The Red Cross says its team is being held near Mariupol, Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) – An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team has been stopped while trying to reach Mariupol, Ukraine to evacuate civilians, and is now being held nearby in Manhoush, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters on Monday. .

Jason Strazioso, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, told Reuters that the team “is being held in the town of Manhosh, 20 km west of Mariupol.”

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk said that the “occupation authorities” are holding the Red Cross team.

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Strazioso declined to give details of who was holding the team, saying only that the police had detained them. “This is not a hostage situation,” he added, adding that the International Committee of the Red Cross was in talks with all parties to clarify the situation and seek their release.

The Red Cross team was aiming to reach the besieged city of Mariupol on Monday and evacuate some of the remaining residents who lack basic supplies. This is the fourth attempt of its kind since Friday.

The organization withdrew its team, which included staff with young children, from the port city in mid-March after aid ran out.

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(Covering) Emma Farge, Editing by William Maclean and Rosalba O’Brien

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