Red Cross says cannot reach Mariupol due to security conditions

GENEVA, April 4 (Reuters) - A team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has not been able to reach the besieged city of Mariupol on Monday to evacuate civilians, a spokesperson said, citing security conditions.

"Due to security conditions, our team has not been able to reach Mariupol today," spokesperson Jason Straziuso said in emailed comments to Reuters.

The attempt was the fourth in as many days to reach the city, which has been under siege since Russia's invasion of Ukraine that began on Feb. 24. read more

Local residents walk along a street next to a building damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. The sign on the vehicle reads: "Children". REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk accused Russian forces of blocking the Red Cross's evacuation efforts in televised remarks on Monday. read more

Straziuso declined to comment on the allegation.

"We are still trying (to get to Mariupol)," he added. The organisation withdrew its team, which included staff members with young children, from Mariupol in mid-March after they ran out of aid."

Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Bernadette Baum

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