Aid workers are seeing a marked spike in casualties and injuries in Pakistan, fueled by intensifying violence and anti-Western suspicions in the wake of the U.S. raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.
Pascal Cuttat, the departing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Pakistan, said the "violence has increased considerably since bin Laden was killed, and has spread into urban areas" such as Peshawar and Karachi, resulting in noticeably more people dead and injured and arriving at humanitarian and medical clinics.
"More than we have seen for many years," Cuttat told reporters at the Red Cross' Geneva headquarters. "Overall, the curve of violence is increasing, and the time-link is clear."
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