Afghanistan: Assault on UN mission attracts international condemnation

So-called “anti-Authorities components” focused entrances of the clearly marked UN facility with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire simply hours after Taliban fighters penetrated Herat metropolis and clashed with Afghan safety forces close to UNAMA’s provincial headquarters. 

“This assault in opposition to the United Nations is deplorable and we condemn it within the strongest phrases”, stated Deborah Lyons, the UN Particular Consultant for the nation.  

“Our first ideas are with the household of the officer slain and we want a speedy restoration to these injured”, she added. 

Help for peace 

Secretary-Common António Guterres added his sturdy condemnation and reminded that “assaults in opposition to UN personnel and premises are prohibited underneath worldwide regulation and should represent battle crimes”.   

In a assertion issued by his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Mr. Guterres reiterated the UN’s dedication of help to the Authorities and other people of Afghanistan of their efforts to attain peace and stability.  

The UN chief additionally expressed his condolences to the bereaved household and wished the injured a speedy restoration.  

Bringing the perpetrators to account 

UNAMA reported that no UN employees have been harm within the incident. 

“The perpetrators of this assault should be recognized and delivered to account”, stated Ms. Lyons, who additionally heads UNAMA. 

The UN’s presence within the nation is as a civilian entity centered on supporting peace efforts, selling the rights of all Afghans and offering humanitarian and growth help. 

The UN expressed its gratitude to the Afghan Directorate of Safety Providers officers who defended the compound from the attackers. 

A number of UN Member States, and regional organizations on Twitter, added their condemnation of the assault and referred to as for justice.  

Taliban advances 

Herat metropolis is the second provincial capital space that Taliban fighters have entered in the area of 24 hours, in keeping with information studies. Insurgents entered the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, and as clashes proceed there, civilians are dashing to evacuate town. 

On Friday, the Taliban assault on the outskirts of Herat, reportedly pressured many civilians to flee.  

Casualties mount 

In the meantime, new UN knowledge launched earlier within the week revealed a surge in civilian casualties. 

Extra ladies and youngsters have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan within the first half of this 12 months than within the first six months of any 12 months since information started in 2009, in keeping with the report. 

UNAMA expressed explicit concern over an acute rise within the variety of civilian casualties – with as many killed in Could and June as within the previous 4 months. 

The report didn’t cowl casualties throughout July, when combating intensified additional. 

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