U.N.: 44 civilians killed, injured by Afghan airstrikes this week

Sept. 1 (UPI) — Nearly 30 women and children were killed and more than a dozen others were injured by airstrikes in Afghanistan this week, a U.N. agency said Friday.

The airstrikes took place in Herat, a province that borders Iran and Turkmenistan, and reportedly were meant to target anti-government elements, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, a U.N. Special Representative for Afghanistan said, “I am deeply saddened to hear that women and children have once again suffered so terribly from the conflict. This is unacceptable. All parties must live up to their obligations to take all feasible measures to protect civilians.”

The UNAMA said it will continue to investigate the the exact details of the strikes, and is urging authorities to ensure an unbiased and efficient look into the attacks.

The mission said it will also investigate reports that civilians were used as human shields.

According to UNAMA, more civilians have been injured or killed in the first half of 2017 than were killed all of last year — a 43 percent increase adding up to 232 people.

The Pentagon is already sending more troops to Afghanistan to aid those that are already there after President Donald Trump indicated the United States must recommit to the war in Afghanistan.

White House officials announced Trump plans to increase troops in the country by 4,000.


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