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AP | Abdi Guled and Katherine Houreld| August 5, 2011

 

Somali government troops opened fire Friday on hungry civilians, killing at least seven people, as both groups made a grab for food at a U.N. distribution site in the capital of this famine-stricken country, witnesses said.

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BBC | July 13, 2011

The campaign group, Human Rights Watch, has accused rebels in Libya of looting, arson and the abuse of civilians.

Observers from the New York-based group say they have witnessed some incidents themselves, and have interviewed witnesses to others in territory recently seized by rebels.

A rebel spokesman talking to reporters in Brussels has denied the allegations. (more…)

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By Eleven Afghanistan-operating NGOs: ActionAid; Afghanaid; CARE; Christian Aid; Cordaid; Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO); International Rescue Committee (IRC); Oxfam; Save the Children Alliance

Summary

1 Protection of civilians

The intensification and spread of the conflict in Afghanistan is increasingly affecting civilians. In 2008 there were over 2,100 civilian casualties, 55% of which were caused by militants. Despite steps to reduce civilian casualties, international military forces (IMF) caused 552 civilian deaths through airstrikes in 2008, which is up by 72% on 2007. IMF have also carried out or supported raids and search operations, a large number of which have involved an excessive use of force, including loss of life, physical assault, damage to property and theft, as well as aggressive and improper treatment of women. Such conduct not only generates anger and mistrust towards foreign troops, but is steadily eroding popular support for the international presence in the country. Furthermore, many individuals detained by Afghan and US forces are held for long periods without charge or trial, and there are allegations of mistreatment and torture.

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By AP

The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his growing alarm at the continuing abuses and civilian casualties in the conflict in Somalia, as well as the challenges faced by humanitarian workers who are increasingly the target of violence. (more…)

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Voices from Kandahar conflict

BBC News

Nato and Afghan forces have launched an operation to drive out Taleban insurgents from Arghandab district on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar.

Residents of Kandahar and people who fled when the Taleban occupied their villages spoke to the BBC about their concerns. (more…)

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