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Lashkargah situation grave for civilians: AI

By Pajhwok
15 Oct 2020 - 05:32
By Pajhwok
15 Oct 2020 - 05:32

KABUL (Pajhwok): Amnesty International (AI) has sought a safe passage for civilians out of the embattled capital of southern Helmand province.

As a result of intense fighting between government and Taliban forces, all exit routes from Lashkargah have been closed.

At least 35,000 people had been forced from their homes by fierce fighting in the city, the London-based rights watchdog said in a statement.

The heavy fighting had also disconnected power supply to the entire city, the organisation said, adding telephone lines and internet access had also been disrupted.

Hospitals have admitted hundreds of civilian casualties, say the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan.

“The situation for civilians in Lashkargah is grave and could deteriorate rapidly in the coming days,” Amnesty International’s head for South Asia said.

Omar Waraich added: “Tens of thousands of people are trapped in the middle of a bloody battle that shows no sign of abating.”

He asked both parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians were protected and allowed to safely leave the war zones and get out of the city.

It urged the Afghan government and the international community to ensure that those displaced were provided with immediate shelter, food and other humanitarian support.

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