At least 250 civilians killed or wounded in the last six days in Afghanistan, according to the ICRC.
”Civilians continue to be killed and wounded in the ongoing hostilities. We call on all parties to the conflict, in the conduct of their military operations, to distinguish at all times between civilians and fighters and to take constant care to spare civilians,” said Franz Rauchenstein, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Kabul. “Civilians must never be the target of an attack, unless they take a direct part in the fighting. These fundamental requirements of international humanitarian law, also known as the laws and customs of war, are binding on all parties to an armed conflict.”
That includes Monday’s attack on the Indian embassy, denied by the Taliban and with fingers pointed at the ISI instead, and several US air strikes in the east of the country.
According to the US, these strikes were against militants and no civilians were harmed (in the making of this war).
According to everyone else, that’s bullshit. One of the strikes was against a wedding party. The ICRC report notes that civilians from the strike were treated by them in a Jalalabad hospital.
The attack on Friday killed three local aid workers from the International Medical Corps.
The International Medical Corps personnel were killed while leaving their village following warnings of an imminent attack. While details of the attack remain uncertain, early indications point to a coalition air strike which hit a public transport vehicle carrying local villagers and International Medical Corps staff. The strike resulted in the death of at least 16 people, and left an estimated 11 others wounded.
You tell people to get out of the area because your about to bomb it, and then you bomb them anyway.
It’s a war zone. It’s messy and complicated and hard to know what’s going on. Mistakes do happen. But do we admit it? Oh hell no.
The BBC reports on these events have a standard cut and paste line: ‘The issue of civilian casualties is hugely sensitive in Afghanistan.‘ No shit Sherlock.
The Taliban and the US led coalition: together killing civilians and denying it.