The war in Afghanistan is spreading across the country, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes this year, the international Red Cross said Tuesday during the visit of its president.
"There is growing insecurity and a clear intensification of the armed conflict, which is no longer limited to the south but has spread to the east and west," Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a statement.
At least 13,000 people have fled their homes since January because of the conflict, the Red Cross says. A spokeswoman said tracking where the people have gone is difficult because of limited access to dangerous regions.
"Their growing humanitarian needs and those of other vulnerable people must be met as a matter of urgency," Kellenberger said.