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Kunduz IDPs block airport road against traffic

Kunduz IDPs block airport road against traffic

Jul 19, 2017 - 21:59

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly 400 families, who have been displaced by the conflict in northern Kunduz province, on Wednesday threw their household belongings on the airport road, blocking it for traffic.

The road between Kunduz City and the airport was occupied by the internally displaced families from Shoraba Qashlaq village, about four kilometers from Kunduz City.

One of the IDPs, Mohammad Salim, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the conflict in their village had turned three months old. Sometimes government forces took control of the village and sometimes the rebels, he said.

Salim said some 400 families had been displaced by the conflict and they included mostly womeninfo-icon and children.

“The Talibaninfo-icon use machineguns and Kalashnikovs and the government forces use artillery against each other while the victims happen to be civilians.”

He said they would not clear the road until the government responded positively to their demands and provided them an area for residing.

Salim said the government had several times promised the construction of a military base in their village, but the base was yet to be established. He said clearing operations against insurgents had not been carried out in their area.

A 60-year-old displaced woman, Bibi Gul, while sobbing, said she lost 13 families of her family to the previous conflict in Kunduz City and now she had no one.

“Today a clash happened in our village and a mortal shell hit my home which caught fire. I was lucky to survive.”

She urged the government to either ensure security in their village or leave the Taliban overrun it in order people could continue their lives.

A township, Pamir 20 Firqa and the zonal police headquarters are situated on the road between Kunduz City and the airport.

Pajhwok tried to seek comments from local officials about the situation of the displaced families, but in vain.



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