Afghanistan: UN ‘very concerned’ at reports of many civilian deaths in military operation

26 October 2006

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today expressed deep concern at reports that a large number of civilians may have died during the conduct of military operations yesterday in the south of the war-torn country.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today expressed deep concern at reports that a large number of civilians may have died during the conduct of military operations yesterday in the south of the war-torn country.

“The United Nations has always made clear that the safety and welfare of civilians must always come first and any civilian casualties are unacceptable, without exception,” UNAMA said in a statement issued in Kabul, the capital.

“It is clearly in the interests of everyone that the facts be established regarding these events and it is imperative that a thorough investigation is carried out,” it added of the deaths reported during operations in Nangawat village of the Panjwai district in Kandahar province.

“At this difficult time, the thoughts of the entire United Nations family in Afghanistan are with those who have suffered as a result of this tragedy,” the statement concluded.

 

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