BEIRUT — A Red Cross official met with the Palestinian group claiming to hold eight people hostage, but the official did not meet with the captives, the agency said Wednesday.
Nicholas Roggo, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross, met Tuesday with members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group, according to Dominique Gross, the agency's chief delegate in Lebanon.
Gross said the Palestinian group again offered to allow the agency's delegate to see the five Belgian and three French captives it claims to have. But the agency's Geneva office has not responded to the offer yet, Gross said.
"The meeting (with the Palestinian group) was on a routine basis. It was not on an assignment from ICRC Geneva headquarters," Gross said. He would not say where the meeting was held or identify the Palestinians who attended.