AVA- The United Nations urged all parties to the war in Afghanistan to protect civilians from harm while denouncing militant attacks that killed 100 civilians in Kabul during Ramadan.
The attacks include the May 8 attack in Kabul, the May 24 assassination of a religious scholar in a place of worship, the May 27 and June 3 attacks that targeted civilians and the June 2 attack against Shia students.
"I condemn these deliberate attacks on civilians that signal a disturbing intent to spread fear; they delegitimize the perpetrators, depriving them of any claim to represent the people of Afghanistan," said U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto. "It is crucial that all respect their obligations under international law to protect civilians."
The attacks amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the United Nations said.
The news comes as the ISIS claims to expand its presence in Afghanistan with "thousands and thousands" of fighters losing its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The militant group is planning attacks against Western countries, U.S. and Afghan security officials said.
The ISIS has more sophisticated military tactics and strategy than the Taliban fighters, who have been the primary enemy in Afghanistan. In particular, the Islamic State is known for attacking civilians.
Tuesday 11 June 2019 02:47