Thou­sands flee fight­ing in Hel­mand

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Fight­ing in Hel­mand has sent thou­sands of Afghans flee­ing to the cap­i­tal of the south­ern opium-rich prov­ince, spark­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis as Tal­iban in­sur­gents be­siege the city de­spite in­ten­si­fied United States air strikes. The Tal­iban ad­vance on Lashkar Gah has com­pounded fears that the city was on the brink of fall­ing into in­sur­gent hands. Lo­cal of­fi­cials warned on Au­gust 9 that the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal was strug­gling to cope with an in­flux of peo­ple flee­ing the fight­ing across Hel­mand. “Around 30,000 peo­ple have been dis­placed in Hel­mand in the past sev­eral weeks. Most of them are com­ing to Lashkar Gah,” said Omar Zawak, the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor’s spokesper­son.

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