With the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan largely completed, instability in the country has worsened. Clashes continued between Afghan government forces and Taliban fighters, who have seized large swathe of rural Afghanistan and are attacking several cities.
According to an August 11 icRC press release, 4,042 people with weapons injuries were treated between August 1 and 10 at 15 medical facilities supported by the organization, “in a sign of the severity of the recent violence.”
“We’ve seen homes destroyed, medical workers and patients at great risk, and hospitals, electricity and water infrastructure destroyed.” Eloi Fillion, director of the INTERNATIONAL Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mission in Afghanistan, said, “The use of explosive weapons in urban areas is having a serious and indiscriminate impact on the civilian population, far beyond the targets of these weapons. Many families have no choice but to flee in search of safer places. This has to stop.”
In July alone, before the Taliban overran major cities, the INTERNATIONAL Committee of the Red Cross helped nearly 13,000 weapons wounded across Afghanistan. The group expects that number to rise this month as fighting intensifies in densely populated areas.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in conflict in Afghanistan in the past month, with at least 27 children killed in the three days to August 9, the United Nations said on Monday.
The United Nations refugee agency says more Afghan civilians will be caught up in the conflict if they cannot escape the unrest. It is estimated that nearly 400,000 Afghans have been displaced within their country since the beginning of the year, bringing the number of internally displaced Afghans to about 244,000 since May alone.
Nursultan, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — Kazakh President Tokayev held a meeting with heads of powerful agencies on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan.
Tokayev said in his personal social media post that Kazakhstan is concerned about the further escalation of tensions in Afghanistan and will closely follow the developments. He noted that instructions had been issued to guarantee the safety of citizens and diplomatic personnel in Aha.
According to the Press center of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, the Kazakh diplomatic mission in Afghanistan is working on a limited scale.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry said On Monday (local time) that 84 Afghan soldiers crossed the border into Uzbekistan and asked for medical assistance for 3 wounded soldiers.
It is reported that the Ukrainian side has provided necessary medical assistance and food supplies to the Afghan government soldiers and arranged temporary housing for them. The Ministry also said a large number of Government soldiers had gathered on the Afghan side of the border with Uzbekistan. The Government of Uzbekistan has decided to provide the other side with the necessary humanitarian assistance.
At present, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan is negotiating with the Afghan side on the return of border crossers to Afghanistan.