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Tens of thousands flee Taliban offensive in north

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KABUL: As the Taliban launched an offensive to cities in Afghanistan’s northern provinces, tens of thousands of people have fled conflict zones and have come to Kabul city amid intense urban fighting.

At least 17,000 families have been displaced from northern provinces and fled to Kabul.

Thousands of families have fled to Kabul and are living in open air in parks across the city, said Ghulam Bahaudin Jailani, State Minister for Disaster Management. He said the displaced are in need of immediate assistance amid escalation of violence and conflict.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Jailani said the number of displaced families might rise to 30,000 households. He said the State Ministry for Disaster Management has reached out to the displaced in cooperation with traders and distributed food and carpets to them.

“We will exert utmost efforts to help the displaced and provide them with food and shelter,” he added, adding that HIS ministry is prepared to establish temporary shelters for 10,000 families in Kabul using vacant government buildings and distributing 5,000 tents.

Jailani added that 60,000 families were displaced due to conflict in 25 provinces in the past two months.

Most of the displaced families are from Helmand, Faryab, Takhar and Kunduz provinces and majority of them are settled in Kabul, he noted.

Due to heavy fighting across Afghanistan, five million people have been displaced in the past three years. This shows that people won’t accept the Taliban. The militant group should come under pressure to stop its hostilities in order to stop the mass displacements.

Afghan people including children and women bear a heavy burden of conflict. This humanitarian crisis is a wakeup call for the international community and humanitarian organizations to step up efforts to help stop the war in Afghanistan.

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