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Ingushetia Situation Report No. 11

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Latest developments
1. A foreign hostage was freed in Chechnya last week;

2. Russian Armed Forces focus on Chechnya’s southern mountains in their attempts to hit the rebels’ strongholds;

3. The Chechen President announces the beginning of all-out guerilla war in Chechnya;

1. A Yugoslav businessman held hostage in Chechnya for more than two years was freed. Stanimir Petrovic, manager of the Albanoexportimport firm, was abducted at the Sleptsovsky airport in Ingushetia in 1997. Mr. Petrovic was sold by the kidnappers to a Chechen field commander. The suspects' names was not disclosed. According to Russian officials, Mr Petrovic was freed by officers of Russia's Interior Ministry Department Against Organised Crime and criminal investigators from the North Caucasus. A number of foreign hostages are still being held in the area.

2. After the seizure of Grozny, Russian forces focused their offensive against Chechen rebels on the southern mountains where thousands of fighters have strongholds. Russia already claims to have a key gorge under control. The Argun and Vedeno gorges have been important targets of the Russians since thousands of rebels fled the Chechen capital, Grozny, this month. The gorges provide main thoroughfares for rebels in the mountains. Federal troops have taken control of the Vedeno Gorge and the fighting has shifted to the Argun Gorge. Several villages, where rebels are believed to be hiding, have been encircled. Despite difficult weather conditions, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships flew around 100 missions a day in Chechnya over the past few days, targeting the gorges. Russian officials estimate that up to 8,000 rebels are in the mountains, whose rugged terrain offers shelter for their hit-and-run guerrilla attacks. The military command said the air attacks wiped out 18 rebel bases and strongholds and destroyed two communication stations. But the Russian forces face substantial difficulty in routing the rebels from the mountains. Russia's NTV television, quoting the military, said on 14/02 that the rebels are planning large-scale terrorist operations in Chechen areas that the Russians claim to have liberated. The guerrilla campaign has already begun, and each operation may involve from 300 to 500 rebels. Although Russia claims to control most of Chechnya after nearly five months of fighting, rebels last week ambushed two military trains and attacked federal units, demonstrating that they can still inflict bloody damage on Russian forces.

3. A few days ago the Chechen President, Aslan Maskhadov, announced the beginning of "a large-scale civil war in the mountains, the lowlands, in every village". He added that the Chechen people "are rising up," having realised that the Russian military campaign is directed against them rather than against "terrorists," as Moscow claims. Maskhadov also criticised the recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to postpone a debate on whether Russia's membership in the council should be suspended because of that country's actions in Chechnya. Maskhadov expressed regrets that six months after the war began, not a single representative of the UN, the OSCE, or the European Parliament has offered to meet with him.

Funding

The on-going DRC Emergency Relief Assistance Program for Chechnya IDPs in Ingushetia has become possible due to donations made by several organizations and international aid agencies. The donors’ list is headed by DANIDA (Danish Relief Agency) and followed by ECHO (EU), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), UNHCR, Danish Church Aid and Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands). The funds are primarily being used for meeting the needs of IDPs in winter clothing in the period from 15/11/1999 to 15/05/2000. The below diagram presents percentage-breakdown of the funding received through DRC in Copenhagen. In addition, UNHCR also provides in-kind contributions of winter clothing for distribution under the DRC system.

Distribution

DRC Emergency Assistance Project

In the period from 6/02 to 13/02, DRC conducted several distributions of DANIDA, UNHCR and UNICEF relief items for IDPs of all age groups living in spontaneous settlements and with host families in the locations below.

Date of distribution
Location/
Settlement
Type of settlement
Number of winter boots distributed
Number of winter jackets distributed
Number of soaps distributed
Laundry powder distributed
Number of jerry cans distributed
6/02/2000
Gazi-Yurt
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
907 (DANIDA)
907
729(DANIDA)
135 (UNICEF)
43 (UNHCR)
-
-
-
7/02/2000
Gamurzievo
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
410
386 (DANIDA)
24 (UNICEF)
-
-
-
7/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
77 (DANIDA)
77 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
7/02/2000
Karabulak
Spontaneous settlement
1160
647 (UNHCR)
513 (DANIDA)
1030 (DANIDA)
-
-
518 (UNICEF)
9/02/2000
Barsuki
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
3246 (DANIDA)
4780 (UNICEF)
1550 (UNICEF)
-
9/02/2000
Karabulak
Compact settlements
-
-
3617 (UNICEF)
1200 (UNICEF)
799 (UNICEF)
9/02/2000
Voznesenovskaya
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
-
3177 (UNICEF)
1060 (UNICEF)
751 (UNICEF)
10/02/2000
Aki-Yurt
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
-
10614 (UNICEF)
3538 (UNICEF)
1194 (UNICEF)
10/02/2000
Mayskiy
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
-
10580 (UNICEF)
3587 (UNICEF)
1232 (UNICEF)
10/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlements
214 (DANIDA)
222 (DANIDA)
669 (UNICEF)
223 (UNICEF)
72
(UNICEF)
11/02/2000
Altievo
Spontaneous settlement
-
213 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
12/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
-
11 (DANIDA)
12/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
63 (DANIDA)
63 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
12/02/2000
Nasir-Kort
Spontaneous settlement
-
175 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
12/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
-
32 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
12/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
-
46 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
12/02/2000
Ali-Yurt
Spontaneous settlements;
host families
-
2130 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
13/02/2000
Nazran City
Spontaneous settlement
-
129 (DANIDA)
-
-
-
TOTAL
2421
1774(DANIDA)
647 (UNHCR)
8691
8489(DANIDA)
43 (UNHCR)
159 (UNICEF)
33437
(UNICEF)
11158
(UNICEF)
4566
(UNICEF)

Apart from the above-mentioned UNICEF hygienic items, DRC has also distributed UNICEF tooth pastes to IDPs living in spontaneous settlements and with host families in Aki-Yurt, Mayskiy and Nazran City as follows:

Date
Location/
Settlement
Type of settlement
Number of tooth paste distributed
10/02/2000
Aki-Yurt
Spont, host families
3538
10/02/2000
Mayskiy
Spont, host families
3720
10/02/2000
Nazran City
Spont. Settlements
223
TOTAL
7481

On 11/02, UNICEF suspended its distributions through DRC. According to UNICEF, the additional costs incurred by direct distribution cannot be justified in the agency’s budget for Ingushetia operations. Following the suspension, UNICEF has moved its stocks from DRC’s warehouse in Nazran.

Total number of winter clothing distributed by DRC in Ingushetia so far:

Winter coats :46,481
Winter boots: 52,061 [The consolidated cumulative table on DRC distributions is attached.]

Registration

Last week DRC continued processing of already accomplished registration of the total IDP population in Ingushetia. According to the data obtained from the DRC Processing Center in Nazran, the total number of IDPs registered so far is 191,846. Out of them, 181,186 are the displaced from Chechnya and 1655 - IDPs from Prigorodniy District (North Ossetia - Alania). As many as 210,261 IDPs have already been included into a computer database. Currently, DRC field workers in Ingushetia continue registering the Ingush host families who offered shelter to the majority of IDPs living in Ingushetia. A total of 3,000 Ingush host families are registered so far.

Inter Agency Issues

On 14/02 an Inter-Agency meeting took place at DRC FO-Nazran. Among the participants there were such NGOs as MDM, MSF-Holland, MSF-Belgium, ACF, Benevolence International Foundation, Islamic Relief, DRC. The meeting discussed the problems of coordination of relief activities on the field level. The representatives welcomed and supported the idea of the total registration of IDPs in Ingushetia conducting by DRC. The next Inter-Agency meeting is scheduled to take place at DRC FO - Nazran premises on 18/02 at 10:00 am.

On 14/02 DRC Nazran Coordinator. Kharon Deniev, met with representatives of Care International who were in Ingushetia on an assessment mission. The parties visited one of DRC’s distribution and highly appreciated the system of distribution utilized by DRC in Ingushetia. On the same day, DRC North Caucasus Program Manager Tom Trier in Stavropol met with representatives of the Association for Aid and Relief (Japan) and discussed possible prospects for co-operation on emergency operations in Ingushetia.

Stavropol, 14 February 2000.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Trier (8) 901 498 08 25
Zelim Yandarov (8) 901 498 08 24

ATTACHMENT

DRC distribution of UNHCR winter clothing in Ingushetia

Date
Disbribution Point
Shoes
Jackets
23/12 Karabulak MTF
-
847
26/12 Stary Aki-Yurt
-
1076
26/12 Novy Aki-Yurt Camp
-
979
26/12 Novy Aki-Yurt Village
-
1327
27/12 Sleptsovskaya Tent Camp (children 6-16 y.o.)
-
2138
27/12 Sleptsovskaya Railway Wagons (children 6-16 y.o.)
-
1565
28/12 Sagopshi
-
3552
28/12 Inarki
-
1186
29/12 Karabulak (children)
-
1250
29/12 Nazran, 2 spontaneous settlements
-
1339
30/12 Nazran, 14 spontaneous settlements
-
1351
31/12 Nazran, 3 spontaneous settlements
-
508
4/01 Nazran, 7 spontaneous settlements
696
-
5/01 Nazran, 9 spontaneous settlements
1179
-
5/01 Psedakh "Vainakh" spontaneous settlement
273
-
6/01 Nazran, 10 spontaneous settlements
627
=
7/01 Plievo, 2 spontaneous settlements
1479
=
10/01 Nazran, 4 spontaneous settlements
466
-
11/01 Verkhnije Achaluki, spontaneous settlements
314
-
11/01 Nizhnije Achaluki, spontaneous settlements
61
-
12/01 Nazran, 3 spontaneous settlements
257
-
13/01 Troitskaya, host family IDPs
3826
-
14/01 Kantishevo, host family IDPs
2582
-
15/01 Barsuki, 5 spontaneous settlements
118
-
24/01 Troitskaya, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
-
2339
26/01 Ali-Yurt, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
911
-
27/01 Surkhakhi, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
1869
-
28/01 Nazran, school-age children
113
170
31/01 Troitskaya, 1 spont. settlement
2
48
31/01 Plievo, 1 spont. Settlement
-
5
31/01 Nazran City, 1 spont. settlement
-
9
31/01 Barsuki, spont. settlements
5
50
31/01 Altievo, 1 spont. settlement
30
30
6/02 Gazi-Yurt, Spont. settlements; host family IDPs
-
43
7/02 Karabulak, 1 spont. settlement
647
-
Total
15455
19812


Distribution of DANIDA funded winter clothing in Ingushetia
DATE
DISTRIBUTION POINT
SHOES
JACKETS
28/11 Karabulak, GBI
441
492
28/11 Karabulak, Karier
678
677
3/12 Karabulak, MTF
1118
296
7/12 Novy Aki-Yurt Village
967
-
7/12 Novy Aki-Yurt, Camp
1327
-
7/12 Stary Aki-Yurt
1045
-
10/12 Inarki
1171
-
14/12 Sredny Achaluki
583
-
14/12 Karabulak, "Kolosok"
581
-
17/12 Sagopshi
3563
-
21/12 Sleptsovskaya, Rail W. Wagons (Children 6 - 16 y.o.)
1289
-
22/12 Psedakh (Mentally disabled people)
32
32
22/12 Troitskaya (Mentally disabled people)
52
52
29/12 Karabulak, (Children)
1250
-
30/12 Nazran, 14 spont. Settlements
68
-
3/01 Nazran, 1 spontaneous settlement
152
-
11/01 Verkhny Achaluki, spont. Settlements
-
340
11/01 Sredny Achaluki, spont. settlements
-
568
11/01 Nizhny Achaluki, spontaneous settlements
-
61
12/01 Nazran, 3 spont. settlements
110
-
13/01 Troitskaya, host family IDPs
2259
-
14/01 Kantishevo, host family IDPs
1665
-
15/01 Barsuki, 5 spontaneous settlements
50
-
31/01 Troitskaya, 1 spont. settlement
65
-
31/01 Plievo, 1 spont. settlement
11
6
31/01 Nazran City, 1 spont. settlement
9
31/01 Barsuki, spont. settlements
71
26
31/01 Altievo, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
2932
5/02 Gamurzievo, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
-
2940
6/02 Gazi-Yurt, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
907
729
7/02 Gamurzievo, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
-
386
7/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
77
77
7/02 Karabulak, spont. settlements
513
1030
9/02 Barsuki, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
-
3246
10/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
214
222
11/02 Altievo, spont. settlements
-
213
12/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
-
11
12/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
63
63
12/02 Nasir-Kort, spont. settlements
=
175
12/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
-
32
12/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
-
46
12/02 Ali-Yurt, spont. settlements; host family IDPs
-
2130
13/02 Nazran City, spont. settlements
-
129
Total
23263
13979


DRC distribution of NRC winter clothing in Ingushetia
DATE
DISTRIBUTION POINT
SHOES
JACKETS
24/12 Sleptsovskaya Tent Camp (Children 6 - 16 y.o.)
2213
-
6/01 Nazran, 10 spont. settlements
1386
-
11/01 Plievo (2 spont. settlements)
1507
19/01 Dalakovo, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
-
2277
22/01 Kantishevo, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
-
4392
24/01 Troitskaya, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
-
3698
26/01 Ali-Yurt, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
1155
-
27/01 Surkhakhi, spont. settlements, host familiy IDPs
2434
-
28/01 Nazran City, school - age children
226
Total
7188
12100


DRC distribution of DCA funded winter clothing in Ingushetia
DATE
DISTRIBUTION POINT
SHOES
JACKETS
17/01 Nazran, 4 spont. settlements
43
257
18/01 Voznesenovskoye, spont. Settlements, host family IDPs
3766
-
19/01 Dalakovo, spont. settlements, host family IDPs
2063
-
28/01 Nazran City, school-age children
283
=
Total
6155
257


DRC distribution of UNICEF winter jackets, soaps, laundry powder, tooth pastes and jerry cans
DATE
DISTRIBUTION POINT
JACKETS
SOAPS
LAUNDRY POWDER
TOOTH PASTES
JERRY CANS
31/01 Troitskaya, 1 spont. Settlement
19
-
-
-
-
3/02
4/02
Sleptsovskaya, Tent Camp "Sputnik"
-
-
-
-
2149
5/02 Gamurzievo, spont. Settlements; host families
155
-
-
-
-
6/02 Gazi-Yurt, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
135
-
-
-
-
7/02 Gamurzievo, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
24
-
-
-
-
7/02 Karabulak, spont. Settlements
-
-
-
-
518
9/02 Barsuki, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
-
4780
1550
-
-
9/02 Karabulak, compact settlements
-
3617
1200
799
9/02 Voznesenovskaya, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
-
3177
1060
751
10/02 Aki-Yurt, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
-
10614
3538
3538
1194
10/02 Mayskiy, spont. Settlements; host family IDPs
-
10580
3587
3720
1232
10/02 Nazran City, spont. Settlements
-
669
223
223
72
TOTAL
333
33437
11158
7481
6715

Total number of non-food items distributed by DRC’s direct distribution system in Ingushetia so far:
Winter coats
46,481
Winter boots
52,061
Soaps
33,437
Laundry powder
11,158
Tooth pastes
7481
Jerry cans
6715