US News Afghanistan: thousands of people flee the violence in the south of the country

09:50  15 october  2020
09:50  15 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted between security forces and Taliban fighters, on 11 October, in the southern Afghan province of Helmand The landscape in southern Afghanistan , as seen from an aircraft, in November 2019.

The United Nations in Afghanistan says more than 35,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Helmand. The death of least eight members of the Air Force's Special media captionTens of thousands of Afghan soldiers have been killed and injured in the past four years. This is their story.

Des familles entières sont parties en urgence dans la Helmand, pour échapper aux violences qui font rage depuis six jours. © AFP Whole families have left urgently in Helmand, to escape the violence that has been raging for six days.

Fighting continues for the sixth straight day in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, in southern Afghanistan. The Taliban have launched an offensive on the positions of the Afghan security forces despite the ongoing peace talks in Doha.

With our correspondent in Kabul, Sonia Ghezali

Entire families have fled. Some on motorcycles, others crammed into the backs of trailer vans amid a few sacks of food and clothing hastily gathered. Nearly 30,000 people have taken the emergency road to Helmand to escape the violence that has raged for six days and continues in at least four districts of the province considered one of the strongholds of the Taliban. Some families have taken refuge in the streets of the provincial capital but are not provided with any shelter.

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The young country ’s southern neighbour provides refuge as famine and violence mount.

Some 10,000 people have fled Kunduz after Taliban fighters stormed the northern city on Monday. The Taliban has taken up positions in residential areas, and

Lashkar Gah is not spared. The Taliban managed to launch their attacks on part of the city.

The latter do not respect the terms of the agreement that they signed with the Americans on February 29 and in which they committed themselves, among other things, to a reduction in violence, the United States having pledged to withdraw all of their troops in the spring of 2021. The Afghan government has called for a reduction in violence on several occasions since the start of bilateral peace talks with the Taliban last month. The Taliban have always refused.

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