Afghanistan: Battle-torn Ghazni residents 'can't locate meals'
Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low, as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day, the UN has warned.
“Life is acquiring tough for individuals, they can’t get meals or water,” a man who fled the city on Sunday told the BBC.
More than one hundred government soldiers and police have been killed considering that the Taliban stormed Ghazni from four sides early on Friday.
The city lies on the key highway amongst Kabul and Kandahar.
Manage of it would efficiently let the Taliban to cut off southern Afghanistan from Kabul, the capital. The accomplishment of the militants’ assault has come as a blow to the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which has now deployed an extra 1,000 troops.
The government and its Nato allies insist they are in manage of Ghazni but reports recommend Taliban fighters continue to roam the streets and still manage several government buildings. Phone communications are down, creating it hard to verify information coming out of the city.
In a news conference confirming the deaths of more than one hundred members of the safety forces, the government stated it had killed up to 200 Taliban fighters.
Meanwhile, neighborhood media say a police officer has been killed by a bomb near the election commission’s office in Kabul.
A protest was taking place at the time.
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Those fleeing Ghazni say the situation for civilians is bleak, with at least 30 casualties amongst them, according to the government. Much more than 140 individuals have been wounded, hospital officials say, like security forces.
“Medication at the principal hospital is reportedly becoming scarce and folks are unable to safely bring casualties for therapy,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan mentioned in a statement on Monday.
“According to sporadic reports from within the city, several households have reportedly taken shelter in their homes and are unable to leave their residences. Important telecommunications networks and the electricity supply are down in the city of 270,000 people which has impacted on the water provide, and meals is also reportedly running low.”
An activist from Ghazni who organised a protest march in Kabul on Monday stated there was a humanitarian crisis.
Individuals are facing “serious hunger”, Enayat Nasir told the BBC. He mentioned the government had been warned a week ago it appeared a Taliban attack was imminent.
“We mentioned if you can’t handle the scenario, Ghazni will collapse in 1 week. And that occurred,” he said.
Some Afghan lawmakers have also accused the government of ignoring their warnings about the worsening security circumstance in the area.
Late on Sunday, Mr Ghani stated he was sending urgent reinforcements to the city “to consolidate operational gains”. The US-led Nato mission in Afghanistan carried out 16 air strikes on Sunday and mentioned “clearing operations” were ongoing.
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It accused the Taliban of employing civilians as cover and stated the group had “accomplished absolutely nothing”.
Separately, it is reported that at least one hundred Afghan army commandoes have gone missing in the east of Ghazni province, in Ajristan district. Officials have denied the reports.
The battle for Ghazni and attacks elsewhere in Afghanistan come as stress continues on the Taliban to enter peace talks with the Afghan government.
Secret talks had been lately held in Qatar amongst Taliban and US officials after an unprecedented 3-day ceasefire for the duration of Eid celebrations in June that was largely respected by both sides.
Published at Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:39:57 +0000