Balkh residents concerned over violence surge

Bawar Media CenterJanuary 18, 2021158

Civilian Protection Group in Balkh says that while two weeks have passed since the start of the second round of intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha, the negotiations lack clear and acceptable results, as well as insecurity and targeted and mysterious assassinations have risen to unprecedented levels which have negatively affected public perception.
According to the group, 11 civilians have been killed and 10 others wounded by warring sides in fourteen districts of Balkh province in the past month.
Abdul Hamid Safwat, the head of civil society organizations in Balkh, considers the current situation critical. “Unfortunately, the city is taking a military face and the government is unable to control the situation,” he added. “Strongmen are gaining power which threatens civil and media activities.”
Civil Protection Group also read out a resolution stating in its second article that “We urge the members of the negotiating team to respect the safety of civilians and end targeted killings and violence immediately.”
The group, calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and asks the two parties to refrain from wasting time and strike a deal as soon as possible.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon

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