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Kabul’s Emergency Hospital admitted over 2,700 war-wounded in past year

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(Last Updated On: October 1, 2022)

Emergency said on Friday it admitted more than 3,000 patients in its Kabul hospital, over 90% of whom were suffering from conflict injuries.

Emergency Hospital, a facility run by an Italian NGO that specializes in treating victims of war, said that it received more than 16,000 patients in its hospitals in Kabul, Helmand’s Lashkargah and Panjshir’s Anaba district.

“In the last two months alone, we have handled 11 mass casualties in our hospital, where we had to activate extraordinary emergency procedures following explosions and attacks,” Dejan Panic, Acting Country Director for Emergency in Afghanistan, said referring to Kabul hospital. “And we continue to receive injuries from gunshots, shrapnel, stab wounds, mine explosions and IEDs on a daily basis. The security situation in the country remains complicated, particularly in the capital.”

Meanwhile, Emergency Hospital said that it received 22 injured from Friday’s suicide attack on Kaj educational center in Kabul.

“Following this Friday’s attack, we received 22 patients at our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul, of whom 20 are women,” said Dejan. He added: “The victims are all between 18 and 25 years old, and most of them were in the classroom to take an exam. One person was already dead on arrival and another died after being admitted.”

The Ministry of Interior announced the casualties of Friday blast as 19 dead and 27 wounded.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, however, said on Saturday at least 35 people were killed and 82 others were wounded in the blast.

“Majority of casualties are girls & young women. All names need documenting & remembering & justice must be done,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

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US envoy stresses importance of Japan’s contributions to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2022)

US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, has held talks with Japanese officials on humanitarian needs, human rights and political dialogue during his two-day visit to the country.

“Japan has been a friend of the Afghan people and our partner there for over 20 yrs, and we deeply appreciate Japan’s active diplomacy and continued generosity today,” West said on Twitter on Saturday.

“We are always stronger, on every challenge, when we act together with allies. True in Afghanistan – we’ll continue to need Japan’s expertise and diverse contributions,” West said.

The envoy also said that he got “sage advice” from Tadamichi Yamamoto, a Japanese who served as UN envoy for Afghanistan during 2016-2020.

He also discussed the economic strategy with Japan International Cooperation Agency.

West’s Japan visit was part of his tour to the region that includes India and the United Arab Emirates.

West is expected to consult with partners and Afghans regarding the humanitarian and economic crises in Afghanistan, protection of Afghans’ rights, and shared security concerns, according to a statement from the US State Department.

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In phone call, Muttaqi assures Zardari of bringing Pakistan embassy attackers to justice

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2022)

Foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Amir Khan Muttaqi, phoned his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and assured that IEA will make utmost efforts to bring perpetrators of Friday’s attack on Pakistan embassy in Kabul to justice.

A security guard was injured in firing on the compound the embassy in Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul on Friday. Police said the firing was from a building and a suspect was arrested.

Condemning the attack, Muttaqi also assured Zardari that IEA will pay special attention to the security of the embassy, according to a statement from the Afghan foreign ministry.

For his part, the Pakistani foreign minister thanked IEA for its strong expression of solidarity and underscored that safety and security of Pakistan’s diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan was of utmost importance, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The Afghan government must prevent the terrorists from undermining relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Zardari also reiterated “Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to fight terrorism and said that Pakistan will be undeterred by such cowardly attacks.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan foreign ministry’s spokesperson stated that there are no plans to close the embassy or withdraw diplomats from Kabul.

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More tourists visiting Hairatan border town in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2022)

Officials of the trade and port town of Hairatan border town in the center of Balkh province say that with the arrival of the fishing season and security improvement in the country, dozens of people come to this town every day for tourism and recreation.

Khalilullah Farooqi, the head of Hairatan border town, said that people can come to this recreational area without any worries.

“People can visit and have fun in this town without worrying under Islamic Sharia law,” said Farooqi.

The citizens meanwhile consider the improvement of security as the reason for the increase in the number of visitors to this town and express their satisfaction, calling on the government to expand recreational places in the country.

Hairatan border town is one of the largest commercial ports in the north of the country, which connects Afghanistan with Uzbekistan and other countries in the region.

According to experts, the more attention is paid to the country’s ports and the more infrastructure is built, the higher the government’s revenue will be.

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