UNAMA: Airstrikes kill 14 civilians in 3 days

Air raids in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand and eastern Kunar provinces have killed at least 14 civilians, the UN said on Thursday. Seven children were among those killed in the attacks that took place in Helmand’s Gereshk and Kunar’s Chawki districts on Monday and Wednesday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement. The statement said civilian casualties from air raids continue to rise while calling for the parties to “respect international obligations to protect civilians from harm”. UNAMA did not disclose information on who conducted the air raids. Aerial operations between January 1 and March 31 by both Afghan and international military forces caused 145 deaths, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the total deaths during that period, UNAMA said in its quarterly report in April. Women and children comprised half of those casualties (145 deaths and 83 injuries), according to UNAMA. (Aljazeera).

 

Moscow to Host Meeting On Afghanistan Next Week

A number of Afghan politicians, including former President Hamid Karzai, and a number of Taliban members have been invited to attend a meeting in Moscow next week in which they will discuss issues about Afghanistan, especially the peace process.  The meeting will be held on May 27 to commemorate the 100 years of relations between Afghanistan and Russia.  “Any effort in anywhere is helpful for peace because the people of Afghanistan want peace,” said Ahmadullah Alizai, an invited politician. “It is possible that it will strengthen visits, but there is no specific issue for peace that ought to be discussed,” said Rahim Beg Yaqubi, member of the High Peace Council. In a Facebook post, former President Karzai has written that he has been invited to the meeting by the Russian Ambassador to Kabul Alexander Mantytskiy and he has warmly accepted the invitation. (Tolo News).

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