US Bombing Kills 10 Children in Afghanistan: UN
The United Nations said Monday that “international military forces” killed 13 civilians, 10 of whom were children, in an airstrike near Kunduz city in Afghanistan.
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The United States, as Agence France-Presse reported, “is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict.”
The children that were killed in the weekend strike were all part of the same extended family who had been displaced because of violence in another part of the county, according to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s (UNAMA) preliminary findings on the incident.
Three other civilians were wounded in the strike, UNAMA said.
Reuters also reported:
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In a statement quoted by the New York Times, Richardson blamed the Taliban for the casualties. “The Taliban were hiding in civilian homes and maneuvered in and out of compounds without any concern for the families living inside,” she said.
According to the Times, the incident broke out
Americans ordered the airstrikes after roughly 20 minutes of crossfire, the Times reported.
The deadly bombing comes a month after the release of a U.N. report showing that 2018 saw the highest number of Afghan civilians killed in the war since records began a decade ago. Of the 3,804 civilian deaths, the report said, 927 were children.
The report also put blame on U.S. airstrikes for 393 of the total deaths, and noted that casualties from airstrikes have increased every year since 2014.
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