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Hundreds flee clashes in Paktika’s Gomal



Hundreds flee clashes in Paktika’s Gomal

Sep 07, 2017 - 18:12

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of families have fled ongoing clashes between security forces and militants in the Gomal district of southeastern Paktika province.

One of them, Sayed Shah, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the clashes in Gomal erupted two weeks ago and were still ongoing, forcing around 500 families to flee homes in different areas.

“We moved to Urgun district and are living here in the open under our tractors and trucks, our children have fallen ill and we lack food,” he said.

Shah said they would face more problems if the displaced families did not receive assistance on time.

Mohammad Nawaz, another displaced man from Gomal, also said they were forced by clashes to leave homes.

He said the displaced families faced acute shortage of clean water, food, clothes and other essential items.

“We left our houses and took whatever we could from our belongings and now we are suffering from different problems in Urgun,” he said.

Other members of the displaced families held similar views.

Governor Ilyas Wahdat said the affected people would be distributed needed materials soon. He also asked international aid organizations to assist the displaced people in Gomal.

About a month back, the Gomal district was captured by Talibaninfo-icon insurgents, prompting the Afghan security forces to launch an operation to retake control of the district.


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