Protest in Afghanistan against killing of civilians

September 1st, 2008 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Sep 1 (Xinhua) Hundreds of people Monday demonstrated on the streets of the capital against the killing of the members of an Afghan family in a raid by the US-led coalition forces.The protesters said that three members of the family, a man and his two children, were killed when the coalition forces in a surprise raid early Monday morning threw grenades on their house in Hud Kheil area of eastern Kabul.

Neither NATO troops nor the Coalition forces were available for comments on the incident.

The rising number of civilian casualties in the ongoing anti-Taliban campaign has worried the government of President Hamid Karzai who has expressed apprehension that such incidents would corrode the popular base of the government.

A government-appointed investigation team Sunday confirmed that 90 civilians were killed in the US air raids Aug 22 in the western province of Herat.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) after investigating the case last week also confirmed the killing of 90 civilians in the bombardments and called on warring sides to respect the rights of non-combatants.

Following the Herat incident, the Afghan cabinet has called for regulating the authority and responsibilities of international troops in the war-torn country.

Conflicts and spiralling insurgency have claimed more than 3,200 lives, including some 800 civilians, till date this year.

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