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International Red Cross allowed to visit injured East Timorese

Agence France Presse - November 15, 1997

Jakarta – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been allowed to visit seven people injured after soldiers fired on students in an East Timor university, an ICRC official said Saturday.

At least four people were injured and several buildings damaged by rocks and bullets after police and troops fired at students on the campus of Universitas Timor Timur in Dili on Friday, residents said.

The seven injured people were admitted to a military hospital in Dili, the official said.

"The five civilians and two soldiers were visited this afternoon around noon (0400 GMT)," Henry Fournier, the head of the Indonesian ICRC delegation, told AFP.

The ICRC has already lodged an official protest after an injured man was dragged from one of their vehicles by police.

Fournier said one of the patients visited at the Wira Husada hospital in Dili, the capital of East Timor, was the man who was dragged out of the ICRC vehicle.

The Indonesian army said on Saturday it had detained eight people after Friday's clash.

East Timor military commander Col. Slamat Sidabutar told AFP the eight were arrested on Friday after they attacked three soldiers.

Fournier could not comment on the condition of the patients but added that there was no indication anyone was killed in the clash.