1000’s of Afghans have fled their properties in Helmand province as fierce preventing between authorities forces and the Taliban erupted after the US military started withdrawing its remaining troops.
Afghan forces pushed again a string of rebel assaults on checkpoints throughout the southern province, the place the US army on Sunday handed over a base to authorities forces as part of its formal pullout that started on 1 Could.
About 1,000 households have fled their properties to flee the preventing that erupted on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, and another components of the province, stated Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the area’s director for refugees.
He stated the households had taken refuge in Lashkar Gah and had come from areas the place preventing was intense prior to now two days.
“We’ll survey their wants tomorrow, however many who nonetheless haven’t discovered shelter within the metropolis want pressing help,” Ramin advised AFP.
The defence ministry stated authorities forces had killed greater than 100 Taliban fighters in Helmand prior to now 24 hours when the insurgents attacked some checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah.
One other 22 al-Qaida fighters from Pakistan have been additionally killed within the preventing, the ministry stated.
Officers stated the Taliban fighters initially captured some checkpoints however they have been retaken by authorities forces who pushed again the insurgents.
“The enemy has now misplaced all of the areas it had captured and suffered heavy casualties,” Attaullah Afghan, head of the Helmand provincial council, advised AFP.
The Taliban stated dozens of Afghan troops have been killed within the preventing. Either side are recognized to magnify casualties inflicted on the opposite.
UK-based medical care supplier Emergency stated it’s receiving massive numbers of “struggle wounded sufferers” at its surgical centre in Lashkar Gah because of widespread preventing within the space since 1 Could.
It stated the hospital acquired 106 sufferers, of which 65 needed to be admitted.
“These are very troublesome days in Lashkar Gah … We now have additionally put beds within the physiotherapy room to accommodate all of the injured sufferers,” Viktor Urosevic, medical coordinator on the hospital, stated in an announcement issued by Emergency.
Emergency’s Afghanistan coordinator, Marco Puntin, stated preventing in Helmand was not an remoted occasion.
“We now have witnessed an escalation of battle throughout Afghanistan,” he stated.
Combating was additionally reported in a number of different provinces for the reason that US army formally started pulling out its remaining 2,500 troops.
The Pentagon has downplayed the preventing.
“We’ve seen nothing so far that has affected the drawdown, or had any important influence on the mission at hand in Afghanistan,” US Division of Defence spokesperson John Kirby stated on Monday.
Almost 20 years after US and allied Natotroops invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban authorities as they pursued al-Qaida after the September 11, 2001 assaults, President Joe Biden ordered in April the final withdrawal.
On Tuesday, US officers stated the army has accomplished two to 6 % of the withdrawal.