Recent clashes displace hundreds of families in Kapisa
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Hundreds of families have been displaced due to latest clashes between security forces and armed militants from Ala Sai and Tagab districts of central Kapisa province.
The displaced families say the clashes continued for several weeks making it impossible for them to stay in their areas.
They claim some civilians also suffered casualties in the clashes and many others have been missing and their families did not know about their whereabouts.
Shakir, a resident of Jafarkhel area of Ala Sai district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that bullets fired during the clashes had hit many homes.
He said the situation in Shahrokhel, Fawonkhel and other areas was really bad and some residents had been wounded.
Hundreds of families from these areas had migrated to Kabul, Jalalabad and other districts of Kapisa province, Shakir said.
Khalid, another resident of Ala Sai district, confirmed a large number of families had fled homes due to the conflict in the town.
He said the insurgents had told local residents to leave their homes because they were launching attacks. Khalid said some families left, but many who stayed were trapped in their homes.
He said the road between Tagab and Ala Sai district was blocked and people fled homes on foot leaving everything behind to reach other areas.
A resident of Shakot area of Tagab, Faiz Mohammad, said the recent clashes had caused financial and human losses to local residents.
He said many suffered casualties when bullets hit their homes. Mohammad said a large number of families from various villages had moved to the provincial capital and Kabul.
Another resident of Tagab, Ghairat, said people’s orchards had been also destroyed by the clashes.
A member of the provincial council, Azizullah Sapi, also said the recent conflict had displaced a large number of families from the two districts.
“We have played our part in this regard and the refugee department and other departments concerned are making efforts to resolve problems of the displaced families and assist them,” the public representative said.
Kapisa Refugee and Repatriation Director Mohammad Qaseem Malakzada told Pajhwok Afghan News that most of the displaced families had moved to other provinces and thus they had no exact figures.
He said they had an emergency meeting with the authorities concerned and had contacted aid agencies to provide needed assistance to the families.
He said their teams had reached the areas where the families had moved in order to collect exact information about their locations and condition.
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