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Afghanistan: Fear for safety: Civilians in Kabul

, Index number: ASA 11/013/1995

The Taleban, an armed opposition group in Afghanistan have threatened a bombardment of Kabul if the forces of Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani do not surrender by 24 September. AI is appealing to the Taleban leaders to ensure the safety of the civilian population of Kabul and ensure that the armed forces refrain from deliberate or indiscriminate attacks, including shelling, on civilians. AI further urges the Taleban leaders to respect the principle of humanitarian law that are designed to ensure the protection of civilians and non-combatants in situations of armed conflict.

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