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Taliban manning checkpoints on contested Highway 1

Taliban manning checkpoints on contested Highway 1

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Aug 16, 2018 - 10:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ghazni City is heavily contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) and possibly mines, increasing the risk of civilian casualties as residents seek to resume routine activities, the UN said on Wednesday.  

Fighting in the city has subsided, with the Talibaninfo-icon reportedly regrouping in northern, western and southern areas. As reinforcements continue to arrive, clearance operations are ongoing in the city.

Electricity and water supply are still down and communications in general remain challenging, according to a statement from OCHA, which said Highway 1 connecting Kabul with Ghazni from the north remained contested.

Several checkpoints were manned by Taliban, it said, adding civilians and aid workers had no safe routes into or out of the city.

“The city is heavily contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) and possibly mines, increasing the risk of further civilian casualties as residents attempt to resume daily activities...”

ICRC, with the support of Afghan Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon (ARCS) volunteers, has begun collecting bodies for transportation to their families, the hospital or military bases.

A first team of specialists has been deployed in Ghazni to assess the contamination with ERW and unexploded ordnance and is expected to commence assessments tomorrow.

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