289 deaths, 559 civilian injuries in Kunduz under Taliban
KABUL (Pajhwok): A UN report released on Saturday documents 289 deaths and 559 civilian injuries that occurred in Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, and the surrounding districts between Sept. 28 and Oct. 13 --- the period when the city was overrun by Taliban.
The report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents human rights abuses in Kunduz City during the two weeks of Taliban’s occupation.
"The vast majority of casualties documented so far resulted from ground fighting that could not be attributed solely to one party," the report stated.
During the counter-offensive to retake Kunduz, 30 people were killed and 37 wounded on Oct. 3 in an accidental airstrike by the international military coalition on a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders.
The report documents civilian deaths and injuries during the period and presents preliminary findings on arbitrary killings, abductions, assault and other forms of violence, including threats and widespread criminality, the use of child fighters during the conflict, the impact on access to education, health, and freedom of movement.
“Additional information on civilian casualties from the period covered by this report will be detailed in the 2015 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, also produced jointly by UNAMA and OHCHR.”
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