“The Taliban will not forgive us and the government will not stop the bombing.”
Residents of Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan are one of thousands trapped or fleeing for their lives as the battle for city domination between militants and government forces intensifies. is.
The BBC has not designated some of the interviewees for this article for security reasons.
“There are corpses on the road. I don’t know if they are civilians or Taliban,” the man told the BBC Afghan service in an interview with Whatsapp. “Dozens of families fled their homes and settled near the river Helmand.”
Other terrifying locals told the BBC that they saw the bodies lying on the street.
Occupation of the besieged Helmand capital is of great symbolic value to the rebels, as the rebels continue to make rapid progress after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Helmand was the centerpiece of US and British military operations.
The United Nations and other agencies are warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least 40 civilians have been killed in Lashkar Gah in the past day, the UN said on Tuesday.
Afghan troops urged civilians to leave Lashkar Gah before a major attack on the Taliban, a hardline Islamist group displaced by US-led troops 20 years ago.
Elsewhere in the south, the Taliban are trying to occupy Kandahar, where it used to be, and clashes are intensifying in Herat in the west.
The fighting has been going on for days in Bostkar Gah, and it is reported that militants now dominate most of the district.
“We are having a difficult day,” a student in the city told the BBC. “The Taliban set fire to the ground, and the government air force set fire to the sky.”
Another man said on Sunday: “The Taliban can be seen on the streets of the city. The presence of the Taliban surprised the people here.
“The store is closed and government military vehicles are destroyed and lying in the middle of the road. The war continues within a few meters of the Governor’s Office and the National Security Agency.
“The central government recently said they had deployed new commands to Lashkar Gah, but we didn’t see them.”
Since then, hundreds of Afghan reinforcements have been reportedly deployed in the city.
Over the weekend, Afghanistan, head of the Helmand Parliament, admitted that the fighting seemed “out of our control.”
The Taliban went a step further this week, despite Afghan and US military aircraft targeting militants.
There are reports that Taliban fighters occupy positions in homes, shops and bazaars-people are trapped in their homes as the battle continues on the streets.
Radicals generally warn people to leave through speakers, but they can enter the house-locals only take a few minutes to escape, or the house becomes part of the battlefield. There is a risk of getting involved in a shootout.
“The Taliban told us that if we didn’t leave the house within 30 minutes, we would be counted as police and Afghan troops,” said a student spoken by the BBC Afghan Service.
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During their reign in the late 1990s, the Taliban publicly executed people and restricted access to women’s education and employment.
The Taliban say they have changed and no longer resort to such violence-but many Afghans are skeptical.
Human Rights Watch records cases of retaliation attacks by militants against civilians allegedly supporting the government.
The United Nations says civilians are at the mercy of conflict and are urging all parties to do more to protect them. Otherwise, the effects will be catastrophic.
Thousands of people who have fled the battle are now facing shortages of food, drinking water and medicine.
Aid agencies do not have access to most of the displaced, and health centres and hospitals don’t have capacity to deal with the number of casualties. Some health facilities have been destroyed, while others are inactive.
A doctor in Lashkar Gah, Masood Khan, said an ever-increasing flow of severely wounded patients was arriving at his hospital, and he feared that others were unable to reach it. He said medical supplies were running low.
“We are receiving a lot of war wounded… There is fighting all around,” Dr Kahn, an intensive care specialist at a hospital run by the health charity MSF, told the BBC on Monday.
The reported Taliban atrocities videos are shared on social media, raising fears that they may return.
The United States and Britain say the group may have committed war crimes for slaughtering dozens of civilians in a revenge killing in Spinboldak on the Pakistani border.
There are also reports that at least 40 Hazara, a Shiite Muslim minority, were targeted and killed in Maristan, eastern Ghazni.
The Taliban have dismissed the accusations as groundless and posted their own horrifying images of civilian casualties in airstrikes in Afghanistan and the United States.