• publish: 31 July 2021
  • time: 4:38 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 18404

Attack on UN compound in Herat widely condemned

The attack on a United Nations compound in western Herat province was widely condemned on Saturday.

The attack, involving rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, happened hours after Taliban insurgents penetrated deep into Herat city on Friday and heavy clashes with Afghan security forces were going on near  the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) provincial headquarters, officials said.

“The attack targeting entrances of the clearly marked United Nations facility was carried out by anti-government elements,” UNAMA’s statement said following the attack.

UNAMA said the attack was against the entrances of the compound that were clearly marked as a United Nations facility.

“This attack against the United Nations is deplorable and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” said Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

UNAMA said no UN personnel were hurt in the incident.

The UN warned on Monday that Afghanistan could see the highest number of civilian deaths in more than a decade if the Taliban’s offensives across the country are not halted.

In a new report documenting civilian casualties for the first half of 2021, UNAMA said it expected figures to touch their highest single-year levels since the mission began reporting over a decade ago.

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