International condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

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Yesterday, Wednesday, widespread international condemnation of the bloody attacks, which targeted a hospital and funeral in Afghanistan, resulted in 56 deaths and about 150 wounded, including yesterday, including children, women and nurses, at a time when the Taliban movement renewed its denial of involvement in the attacks, but confirmed Its willingness to stand up to fighting Afghan forces after the government issued orders to attack it.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, condemned the horrific attacks. In an official statement, he stressed that he was following with concern the escalating violence and the attacks that killed dozens in Balkh, Khost and Nangarhar provinces. He reiterated “affirming that attacks against civilians are unacceptable and that hospitals, medical facilities and staff have special protection under international humanitarian law.” He expressed sympathy for the families of the victims, stressing the commitment to support a peace process that ended the conflict in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, the death toll from the two attacks in Afghanistan rose to 56 dead, and about 150 wounded, according to government sources. Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in Kabul on Tuesday, as the parents were bringing their children to appointments with doctors. The attackers were killed in a purging operation by the security forces. The Afghan Deputy Health Minister, Waheed Majrouh, announced that at least 24 people were killed in the attack, and 16 others were wounded. Then a suicide bomber blew himself up during the funeral of a police official in Nangarhar state hours later. The Ministry of Health announced that 32 people were killed in the bombing, and 132 were wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the mourners.
After that, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered his forces to move to the position of the attack, and the Taliban warned on Wednesday that they were “fully prepared” to confront the Afghan forces, after they denied any involvement in the attacks.
The movement said in a statement yesterday: “From now on, the responsibility for escalating the violence further and its consequences rests with the Kabul administration.” The movement blamed ISIS and elements of the government’s intelligence units for the attacks, but the spokesman for Afghan President Siddiq Siddiqui told reporters: “The Taliban cannot deny their involvement in this simple violence, including recent actions.” And the Afghan intelligence agency announced yesterday that since the signing of the withdrawal agreement between Washington and the “Taliban”, the rebels have carried out 3,712 terrorist attacks in the country. The attacks killed 500 civilians.
Senior US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have urged the Afghan government and insurgents to ensure the success of the peace process … and the US special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged both sides to work toward peace. “Failure to do so will leave Afghanistan vulnerable to terrorism, permanent instability and economic hardship,” he wrote on Twitter.
Since the Taliban signed an agreement with Washington in February to withdraw from the country, the movement has refrained from launching major attacks in Kabul and other cities. But it has carried out regular attacks against Afghan forces in several states. (Agencies)





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