Thousands displaced as Uruzgan clashes continue
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Thousands of families have been displaced as a result of ongoing clashes between security forces and insurgents in Dehrawud district of central Uruzgan province.
Both the warring sides have suffered casualties during two months of the clashes. “Security officials told us two days ago to leave homes because they plan to carry out a huge operation in the area,” a resident of Dehrawud, Habibullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said thousands of families from Londyana, Diwana, Warkh, Dezak, Osaki and other areas had migrated to other parts of the province due to the ongoing clashes.
He said security forces had informed residents of launching a major offensive, but the offensive was yet to be launched.
A resident of Londyana area, Abdul Raziq, said: “The conflict is ongoing in our area and we have migrated to the district centre. Like us, many families have arrived here.”
He said the displaced families were facing numerous problems and the government should assist them in this time of trouble.
The families said they had left behind their household animals and standing crops, urging the government to help improve the situation and facilitate their return to their homes.
A former chief of the provincial council, Amanullah Hotaki, told Pajhwok Afghan News he was concerned about the situation of people in Dehrawud district.
He said if the government did not pay attention to the situation of Dehrawud people, their condition would further worsen.
He said fierce clashes were underway between security forces and Taliban militants, who control most of the areas in the district.
He said thousands of families had recently been forced into leaving their homes and they were currently leading a miserable life.
The Dehrawud district chief, Aminullah Khaliqi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had few days ago informed the residents of Dehrawud to either expel Taliban militants or leave homes in order the government could launch an operation against them.
He said the operations focused on Londyana, Dezak, Osaki areas would be launched soon.
The district chief confirmed the main highway linking Dehrawud to Tirinkot, the provincial capital, had been closed by Taliban militants over the past two days.
Howver, Khaliqi said the road had been closed against government officials only and common people could travel on it.
He said clashes between security forces and militants had been underway over the past few days, but he had no information about casualties.
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