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Afghanistan: At least 30 Helmand civilians killed during alleged US airstrikes02:19

Afghanistan: At least 30 Helmand civilians killed during alleged US airstrikes

Afghanistan, Lashkargah
November 29, 2018 at 19:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 30 Afghan civilians were killed during alleged US airstrikes in Helmand province on Wednesday, according to local residents and officials cited in reports.

A boy allegedly injured in the airstrikes was seen receiving treatment at a local hospital while families and friends waited alongside, Wednesday.

"There were 30 members of a family, all of them are gone, and the one who survived is my nephew who was a guest in the home," according to Ahmadullah, the survivor's uncle.

Following Ruptly's request, Nato-led Resolute Support gave a statement, in which they said that according to initial reports, Afghan Special Security Forces were conducting operations with American advisors when they were fired upon by the Taliban; at the time of the strike, the ground force was unaware of any civilians in or around the compound.

"The Taliban continue to use civilians, especially children, as a protective measure," the statement claimed.

Afghanistan: At least 30 Helmand civilians killed during alleged US airstrikes02:19
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At least 30 Afghan civilians were killed during alleged US airstrikes in Helmand province on Wednesday, according to local residents and officials cited in reports.

A boy allegedly injured in the airstrikes was seen receiving treatment at a local hospital while families and friends waited alongside, Wednesday.

"There were 30 members of a family, all of them are gone, and the one who survived is my nephew who was a guest in the home," according to Ahmadullah, the survivor's uncle.

Following Ruptly's request, Nato-led Resolute Support gave a statement, in which they said that according to initial reports, Afghan Special Security Forces were conducting operations with American advisors when they were fired upon by the Taliban; at the time of the strike, the ground force was unaware of any civilians in or around the compound.

"The Taliban continue to use civilians, especially children, as a protective measure," the statement claimed.

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