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Common people suffer most as Balkh fighting rages

Common people suffer most as Balkh fighting rages

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Jul 17, 2019 - 15:20

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A number of northern Balkh province residents complain they suffered the most in the ongoing clashes between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon insurgents.

Clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents have intensified in Chamtal, Chahar Bolak, Dawlatabad and some villages of the province.

Each warring side claims inflicting huge casualties on the other but common people say they suffered the most.

While preparing this report, a Pajhwok reporter met with a family which lost five members to an airstrike last week.

Esmatullah, a member of the family, who is currently attending his under treatment uncle in civil hospital, said his three relatives were killed and two others wounded in the airstrike in Chahar Bolak district on Thursday evening. Three sons and a father were killed in the airstrike, he added.

Esmatullah urged government forces and Taliban to avoid civilian casualties during fighting.

Bibi Gul, 50, an inhabitant of Chahar Bolak district, slammed the ongoing conflict that killed innocent people. She grumbled the Taliban as well as security forces used civilians to reach their targets.

“I have 20 grandsons aged under 15, they cry when there is fighting and our home’s walls have been destroyed several times and we don’t know what to do,” she added.

Hamidullah Zafarzai, a civil activist, said the security situation in Balkh had deteriorated. He said the Mazar-Shiberghan highway was also insecure.

Raihan Sadat, a member of the provincial council, said security operations should be launched at the earliest possible in order to control the situation.

He expressed concern about increasing civilian casualties and said mostly Taliban inflicted harm on common people.

Police spokesman Adel Shah Adel said security forces caused heavy casualties to rebels during various operations. He blamed Taliban insurgents for civilian casualties.

But earlier, the Taliban said they did not inflect casualties on civilians.

On Tuesday, the 209thShaheen Military Corps said they killed 80 Taliban insurgents during separate operations but the group rejected the claim.

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