Taliban reject UN report on civilian casualties
Posted on 9 months ago
In a statement, Taliban said the UNAMA report was baseless as it did not report the massive killings of civilians and causing them losses of life and property by foreign forces.
In the statement, Taliban reported 25 incidents in which Afghan and foreign forces inflicted casualties to civilians during the past six months in Afghanistan.
Taliban also recalled an incident in which French troops killed eight children in Kapisa province in February this year and killed 18 participants of a wedding in Barak-e-Barak district of Logar province in June.
Quoting a government delegation, the Taliban statement said that foreign forces also killed nine civilians during an operation in eastern Kunar province.
It said people supporting, providing protection and paving way to foreign forces are considered civilians.
Accusing UNAMA of being partial, Taliban said, “The UNAMA attempted to identify occupational forces as restorer of security and Taliban as the cause of fighting and insecurity in Afghanistan.
However, realities show something different to the world. The United Nations has been trying for the last 10 years to cover the anti-human acts of the real causes of ongoing war and give a legal cover to their crimes.”
Urging UNAMA to unveil facts Taliban said, “The Afghan Islamic Emirate hoped that United Nations, especially UNAMA, would not sacrifice their status for the interests of United States.
The statement said that Taliban gave full attention to protecting civilian
“Islamic Emirate gives serious attention to the life of their people. Our ongoing resistance is aimed at protecting the life, honour and property of the people,” it said.
A report released by UNAMA in Kabul two days ago suggested that more than 3000 civilians were killed in the first six months of the current year in Afghanistan. The report also attributed nearly 80 percent civilian deaths to anti-government armed groups.
Taliban had also rejected such reports in the past and said that they were ready to cooperate with UNAMA in filing such report.
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