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‘Humanitarian crisis if Ghazni situation not controlled’

‘Humanitarian crisis if Ghazni situation not controlled’

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Aug 12, 2018 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Provincial Council (PC) members and civil societyinfo-icon activists in southern Ghazni province on Sunday warned of humanitarian crisis if prompt action was not taken against the attacking Talibaninfo-icon.

They said civilians were also killed and wounded in clashes between the warring parties. The pubic representatives said hospitals lacked medicines and other basic healthinfo-icon equipment and people remained confined to their homes and all roads leading to the city were closed.

The Taliban launched attacks on Ghazni City from multiple sides on Friday night, seizing many areas and torching government and private installations.

PC member Esmatullah Janmuradwal told reporters in Kabul that fierce fighting was still underway in Ghazni City as of 11:30am Sunday. “The situation is terrible, both the warring sides and civilians have suffered casualties.”

He said currently only the Governor’s House, Haram Sary, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) department and the police headquarters were under control of the security forces and other parts of the city had been captured by the Taliban.

Private and government institutions, including the traffic department, had been set on fire and hospitals which lacked medicines were filled with dead and injured persons. “There is no electricity and no telecommunication facilities.”

Another PC member Naseer Ahmad Faqiri acknowledged the information Jamuradwal’s account and added a human catastrophe would happen if the situation was not brought under control in Ghazni City.

He said local representatives had informed the Ministry of Interior (MoI) 18 hours before about the Taliban’s imminent attack but no steps were taken to beat back the Taliban attack.

Civil society activist Ahmad Bilal Wajed said the situation had worsened in Ghazni as bodies were lying on the streets and residents had no access to basic facilities.

But MoI spokesman Najib Danish said fresh forces had reached Ghazni City and the security situation was under control while intermittent gunfire could be heard in parts of the city.

He said 30 bodies of civilians and security personnel had been dispatched to hospitals. He rejected a possible catastrophic situation and that bodies were lying on the roads.

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