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Thousands flee pitched battles in Kunduz


10-10-2016 00:25 BJT

In Afghanistan, the number of war-displaced civilians in the city of Kunduz has more than doubled, as street battles persist a week after the Taliban stormed in.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says around 24,000 internally-displaced residents have been fleeing explosions and gunfights into neighbouring provinces. It also says that with many families on the move, this figure will certainly change.

Kunduz residents have faced crippling shortages of food and medicine after the Taliban launched the all-out assault last Monday. Afghan forces have struggled to flush them out, with the government saying the clearance operation is being carefully carried out to prevent civilian casualties.

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