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UN asks conflicting sides in Ghazni to ensure protection civilians

UN asks conflicting sides in Ghazni to ensure protection civilians

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Aug 13, 2018 - 15:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN has called on warring parties in southern Ghazni province to protect the lives, rights and infrastructure of civilians, according to a statement on Monday.

“We call on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect the lives and rights of civilians and to protect civilian infrastructure,” the UN statement said.

Notably, parties to the conflict need to ensure that access to medical services is not denied and respect for medical facilities and staff is upheld.”

“Residents of Ghazni City have seen their city turn into a battlefield since Friday morning, with fighting and clashes reportedly still ongoing. We have received initial reports of a number of civilian casualties and of people trying to reach safe areas outside of the city,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistaninfo-icon
“Medication at the main hospital is reportedly becoming scarce and people are unable to safely bring casualties for treatment.

Main access roads both north and south of the city to larger cities where medical facilities are available are contested and unsafe for people to travel.”

“According to sporadic reports from within the city, many families have reportedly taken shelter in their houses and are unable to leave their homes. Vital telecommunications net-works and the electricity supply are down in the city of 270,000 people which has impacted on the water supply, and food is also reportedly running low.”

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