Afghanistan: The Afghan Taliban have banned the World Health Organization and the Red Cross from operating in areas under their control until further notice, a spokesman said on Thursday, citing unspecified “suspicious” actions during vaccination campaigns.
The WHO is carrying out a vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, one of the last countries in the world where polio is still endemic.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it had suspended work in Afghanistan after the Taliban announced a “ban” against the humanitarian group and the World Health Organization.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said fighting across Afghanistan had created a “complex situation” and some charitable organizations including the WHO and the Red Cross were not operating in accordance with the situation.
According to the Taliban, the ICRC resumed its activities in October following talks.