UN condemned the attacks in Afghanistan during COVID-19 pandemic

22 June โ€“ According to a report on Sunday by UNAMA (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan), first two months of COVID-19 pandemic 15 attacks on healthcare facilities have been recorded the country.

The report said that how health workers harmed, and health facilities were damaged in the attacks and conflicts between the Taliban and Afghan government during the period of 11 March to 23 May.     

According to Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-Generalโ€™s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, โ€œAt a time when an urgent humanitarian response was required to protect every life in Afghanistan, both the Taliban and Afghan national security forces carried out deliberate acts of violence that undermined healthcare operationsโ€, adding that – โ€œthere is no excuse for such actions; the safety and well-being of the civilian population must be a priority.โ€

According to the report, 12 attacks were done intentionally and the remaining three were incidental damages. Throughout the reporting phase the extremist groups kidnapped 23 healthcare workers in seven different incidents of six provinces in Afghanistan. The Taliban exploded an explosive device on 21 April in a pharmacy injuring 8 people. On 12 May a maternity ward in a hospital in Kabul was attacked and 24 people got dead. It was the most loathsome attack, as the report stated.   

The UN Mission said that this kind of intentional attacks and violence are prohibited under International law and war crimes.


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https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066772

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