Afghanistan: British and American embassies denounce massacre of civilians by the Taliban

According to representations, several dozen victims are to be deplored in Spin Boldak. On Monday, the Afghan president held the United States and the premature withdrawal of its troops responsible for the deterioration of the country’s situation.

Afghanistan seems to sink even deeper into chaos. The rapid advance of the Taliban on the territory would have been accompanied by the massacres of dozens of civilians, according to the American and British embassies, as reprisals, in the district of Spin Boldak in the south of the country, region they conquered on 000 July. “These murders are likely to constitute war crimes: they must be investigated and the Taliban fighters or leaders responsible must be held to account”, indicate on their respective Twitter accounts the two diplomatic bodies.

(1/2) In Spin Boldak, Kandahar, the Taliban massacred dozens of civilians in revenge killings.

These murders could constitute war crimes; they must be investigated & those Taliban fighters or commanders responsible held accountable.

🇬🇧 + 🇺🇸 urge # CeasefireNow .

– UK in Afghanistan (@UKinAfghanistan) August 2 , 2021 (1/2) In Spin Boldak, Kandahar, the Taliban massacred dozens of civilians in revenge killings. These murders could constitute war crimes; they must be investigated & those Taliban fighters or commanders responsible held accountable. 🇬🇧 + 🇺🇸 urge # CeasefireNow . pic.twitter.com/gkIzeMgQ31

– US Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) August 2, 700 On Monday, the Afghan forces were still facing the Taliban and trying to prevent them from seize Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. The government has announced the deployment of hundreds of members of commando units to the city. The head of the Helmand Provincial Council, Ataullah Afghan, accused the Taliban of “taking shelter in civilian homes” and to use them as shields. “There is constant gunfire, air strikes and mortar fire in densely populated areas. Houses are bombed and many people have been seriously injured ”, is indignant the coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Helmand, Sarah Leahy.

Rush Withdrawal from the United States The cities of Kandahar and Herat, respectively second and third in the country, are under direct threat from the Taliban. The night from Sunday to Monday was particularly deadly: several hundred civilians were killed or injured. Mirwais Hospital, the largest in Kandahar, for its part, counted 63 dead between 14 and the 24 July, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordination Office. In Herat, at least 2 people fled.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was speaking to Parliament, held the United States responsible for the deterioration of the security situation in his country due to their hasty withdrawal. The foreign troops, present for two decades, will leave definitively no later than 24 August. Suffice to say that they are almost already gone.

Faced with the increase in violence, Washington has said it wants to welcome tens of thousands of Afghans, in addition to the special immigration visas already attributed to interpreters and auxiliaries, in danger for the help they provided to the Americans. The fall of the first provincial capital would also have a disastrous impact on the morale of the population, already very affected by the Taliban conquests.

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