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In Kabul, insecurity is increasing

This morning, Kabul was hit by another attack: there was a strong explosion near a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers who had gathered for Friday prayers. After the explosion, a few armed men entered the building and fighting is still under way.

Our hospital in Kabul received 27 injured from the attack.

“Kabul is an extremely insecure city,” says Dejan Panic, our Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan. “Every day we receive injured people by either bullets or blast, it doesn’t matter. Every day we know that someone in the city will pay the price for this senseless war. This city, this Country have no peace.”

According to UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) latest report, during the first half of 2017, 1,662 civilians were killed and 3,581 were injured. UNAMA estimates that more than 40% of the victims have been caused by explosive attacks.

Despite the presence of government and international representations, Kabul continues to be the city that has experienced more casualties – mainly because of suicide attacks: 986 deaths or wounded, an increase of 59% over the same period last year.

Despite the Country’s situation is worsening day by day, the European Union continues in its decision to repatriate Afghans.
In fact, last spring the European Union and the Afghan government have ratified an agreement for the repatriation, even forced, of Afghans who have been denied asylum. Many European countries are already in the process repatriating people.

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