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Famine threatens Ghor’s Pasanad residents, security forces

Famine threatens Ghor’s Pasanad residents, security forces

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Aug 16, 2016 - 20:24

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): As a result of continued fighting and roads blocks, residents and security forces in Pasabad district of western Ghorinfo-icon province have run out food and fuel, an official said on Tuesday.

Farid Afghanyar, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News all roads leading to Pasaband district had been closed by insurgents over the past four months.

He said security forces and residents were struggling with food shortage and there was no fuel left with the security forces.

“The situation is worrying and likely to deteriorate into famine. Most residents have vacated their homes and security forces would also have nothing to eat and drink in the coming days,” warned Afghanyar.

He said due to technical issues and busy a schedule of aircrafts taking supplies to other parts of the country, food supply had been suspended to Pasaband district.

He said a few days earlier some outpost security stations fell into Talibaninfo-icon hands, creating more problems.

“The injured are being shifted to the district clinics where no medicines are available. If the government does not reopen the main roads of the district and fails to deliver supplies, the security forces would lose courage which will have bad results in the end,” he said.

Syed Ahmad, a resident of Pasaband, said most people had started eating grass. He said residents had nothing to eat while Taliban militants were forcing them into providing them with food and other things.

Separately, two Afghan National Army (ANA) troops and two Taliban have been killed during an overnight clash in Chalgazi locality of Qaisar district, police spokesman Abdul Karim Yurash said.

Elsewhere, some strategically important areas have been retaken by security forces from Taliban during a clearing operation in Faryab province, the provincial police spokesman claimed.

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