Afghanistan: Civilian lives at grave risk amid Taliban assault on Kunduz

Responding to the news that Taliban fighters have launched a coordinated attack on the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, said:

“Civilians in Kunduz have woken up this morning to find themselves once again caught up in a storm of appalling violence. It is extremely worrying that Taliban fighters are exposing residents to attacks and sweeping them into a raging war, which has already cost them so much. Needlessly endangering civilians by launching attacks from their midst is prohibited under international law, and demonstrates the Taliban’s utter disregard for civilian safety and right to life.

Needlessly endangering civilians by launching attacks from their midst is prohibited under international law, and demonstrates the Taliban’s utter disregard for civilian safety and right to life.

Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director

“All parties to the conflict must take all feasible precautions to protect civilians, including media and humanitarian workers, and ensure they are protected amid this renewed violence in Kunduz. Civilians must never be used as human shields.”

More of Amnesty International’s reporting on this issue:

Afghanistan: Harrowing accounts emerge of the Taliban’s reign of terror in Kunduz

Afghanistan: All sides must protect civilians as fighting rages in Kunduz

Afghanistan: Bombing of Kunduz hospital a deplorable loss of life that must be investigated