Red Cross warns of Afghan spring violence

Associated Press
Afghan Army soldiers prepare the coffins for their killed comrades in the morgue of the main hospital in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. A roadside bomb killed the five soldiers who were part of a government security force guarding a convoy of trucks in Ghazni's Qarabagh district. Roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed dozens of people in five separate attacks across Afghanistan as violence steadily rises during this year's spring fighting season, officials said Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
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Afghan Army soldiers prepare the coffins for their killed comrades in the morgue of the main hospital in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. A roadside bomb killed the five soldiers who were part of a government security force guarding a convoy of trucks in Ghazni's Qarabagh district. Roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed dozens of people in five separate attacks across Afghanistan as violence steadily rises during this year's spring fighting season, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross is warning that the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating because warm spring weather has led to a surge in violence.

Gherardo Pontrandolfi, head of the ICRC delegation in Kabul, also appealed on the warring parties to respect civilians caught up in the fighting. Pontrandolfi spoke on Thursday.

So far, April has been the deadliest month this year. According to an Associated Press tally, 186 people — including civilians, security forces and foreign troops — have been killed in violence around the nation. Additionally, more than 150 insurgents have also died, according to the tally.

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