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Thousands of Afghans flee homes as fighting erupts after United States pullout

Thousands of Afghans fled their homes as fierce fighting erupted between authorities forces and the Taliban in a southern province after the US army started withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan, officers stated Tuesday.

Afghan forces pushed again rebel assaults on a number of checkpoints prior to now 24 hours within the province of Helmand, the place the US army on Sunday handed over a base to authorities forces as half of its formal pullout that started on May 1.

About 1,000 households have fled their homes to flee the fighting that erupted on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, and another components of the province, stated Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the area’s director for refugees.

He stated the households had taken refuge in Lashkar Gah and had come from areas the place fighting was intense prior to now two days.

“We will survey their needs tomorrow, but many who still have not found shelter in the city need urgent assistance,” Ramin informed AFP.

The defence ministry stated authorities forces had killed greater than 100 Taliban fighters in Helmand prior to now 24 hours when the insurgents attacked some checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah.

Another 22 Al-Qaeda fighters from Pakistan had been additionally killed within the fighting, the ministry stated.

Officials stated the Taliban fighters initially captured some checkpoints however they had been retaken by authorities forces who pushed again the insurgents.

“The enemy has now lost all the areas it had captured and suffered heavy casualties,” Attaullah Afghan, head of the Helmand provincial council, informed AFP.

The Taliban stated dozens of Afghan troops had been killed within the fighting. Both sides are recognized to magnify casualties inflicted on the opposite.

UK-based medical care supplier Emergency stated it’s receiving giant numbers of “war wounded patients” at its surgical centre in Lashkar Gah because of widespread fighting within the space since May 1.

It stated the hospital obtained 106 sufferers, of which 65 needed to be admitted.

“These are very difficult days in Lashkar Gah … We have also put beds in the physiotherapy room to accomodate all the injured patients,” Viktor Urosevic, medical coordinator on the hospital, stated in an announcement issued by Emergency.

Emergency’s Afghanistan Coordinator, Marco Puntin, stated fighting in Helmand was not an remoted occasion.

“We have witnessed an escalation of conflict across Afghanistan,” he stated.

Fighting was additionally reported in a number of different provinces because the US army formally started pulling out its remaining 2,500 troops.

The Pentagon has downplayed the fighting.

“We’ve seen nothing thus far that has affected the drawdown, or had any significant impact on the mission at hand in Afghanistan,” US Department of Defence spokesman John Kirby stated on Monday.

Nearly 20 years after US and allied NATO troops invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban authorities as they pursued Al-Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 assaults, President Joe Biden ordered in April the ultimate withdrawal.

On Tuesday, US officers stated the army has accomplished two to 6 % of the withdrawal.

The Taliban assaults on authorities forces have raised issues that American troops had been additionally in danger as they pull out.

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