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Aid workers 'attacked in Pakistan'

A senior official with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said efforts to help flood victims in Pakistan are being compromised by suspicion and anger among the local population.

The ICRC's head of operations for South Asia Jacques de Maio said aid workers have been attacked twice in the past eight days.

He told reporters in Geneva of "a sense of urgency, and a sense of anxiety and disarray" among flood victims that was partly caused by resentment whipped up by anti-Western militants and negative media reports.

Mr De Maio said the group has observed a growing trend for people angry about lack of aid to turn aggressive.

He said the Red Cross is trying to deliver as much aid to as many people as possible but needs far outstrip supplies.


From Belfast Telegraph