Two US Air strikes in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have resulted in the deaths of 21 civilians, including women and children.
US Airstrikes in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children, Sunday a lawmaker from the region Mohammad Hashim Alkozai said 13 civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another. https://t.co/0rEshxifjW via @GoogleNews— Mohammed Naim (@profmnaim) February 11, 2019
According to Hashim Alkozai, a Senator from the Helmand province, the strikes killed 13 and 8 civilians respectively.
“Innocent people, women and children, are the only victims of the airstrikes,” Alkozai said, further adding that such strikes are adding to the public anger.
20 civilians suffer casualties in Sangin raids: MP: By Pajhwok reporter on 10 February 2019 LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): More than 20 civilians suffered causalities during nighttime operations by security forces in the Sangin district of southern Helmand… https://t.co/vu7HUHXjiC pic.twitter.com/un95jCKMiF— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) February 10, 2019
The strikes were carried out in the Sangin district on Friday where both the coalition forces and the Taliban are engaged in heavy fighting. According to sources, five other civilians were also injured in the airstrikes.
UNAMA released a statement to express concern over “credible” reports of casualties faced by Afghan civilians due to airstrikes on Friday in Sangin district of Helmand. pic.twitter.com/4lrlfCucsw— Khairuddin Rahmani (@rahmani_qarluq) February 11, 2019
Official sources, even though admitting to civilian casualties, did not confirm the number of dead.
Officials and residents of Afghanistan's Helmand province say at least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded during American airstrikes this weekend. https://t.co/zK7yUABRRZ pic.twitter.com/wbGatT5oMy— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 10, 2019