Newsfeed; Tuesday, December 1 2020

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 1 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Disputes in Yangi Qala District; Gunmen Attacks Several Villages

    Khalil Asir, the spokesman for Takhar police told Reporterly that in support of Taliban a number of armed people have attacked residents In “Kaftar ali”, “zard Kamar” and “old Yangi Qala” villages.

    He said that local elders are trying to end the tension.

    The local government has also urged both sides of the conflict that in case of any legal dispute over land they should take legal steps.

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    “Hospitals in Herat are Full of Critically Ill Patients of COVID-19”: Herat Health Officials

    Health officials in Herat province say that COVID- 19 hospitals in Herat are full of critically ill people infected with the virus.

    Herat Public Health Director Abdul Hakim Tamana said today (Tuesday, December 1st) that oxygen consumption for Corona patients has increased to a high level.

    He added that in addition to the COVID-19 “Shedayee” hospital, the “Gazargah” hospital will soon be opened to treat COVID-19 patients.

    He urged Herat residents to take the corona seriously and pay attention to wearing a mask and maintaining good health.

    Herat health officials say 400 to 700 oxygen balloons are used daily in Herat for COVID-19 patients.

    Herat is the center of the corona outbreak in Afghanistan. Statistics from Herat health officials show that more than 7,700 people have been infected with the Coronavirus so far. Of those, 302 have died and 99 are currently in intensive care in hospitals.

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    Two Children Killed in Ghazni Airstrike

    Local officials in Ghazni province have confirmed that two young children were killed in the Khaja Omari district of the province.

    The Ghazni Provincial Council stated that the children were killed in an airstrike.

    Ghazni governor’s spokesman Wadidullah Jumazadeh said two children were killed and two others were injured in an “incident” in “Dehhaji” village of Khaja Omari district.

    This strick took place at 12:00 on Tuesday, December 1st.

    A spokesman for the Ghazni governor did not provide more details on the nature of the “incident” and said an investigation had been launched.

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    Ministry of Health Reports 219 New Cases of COVID-19

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 219 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1650 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

    The ministry also reported 21 deaths and 119 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    The total reported deaths from COVID-19 is 1,800 and the total number of recoveries is 36,907.

    The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Parwan, Daikundi, Nimroz, Badghis, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Laghman, Ghor, Farah, Khost and Faryab provinces.

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    Chinese Embassy Says Australia ‘Misread’ Offending Social Media Post

    China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism, according to Reuters.

    Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, “truly repugnant”, and called for an apology.

    On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao’s social media account, and China’s Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.

    “The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet,” the Chinese embassy in Canberra said in a statement on Tuesday.

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    19 Taliban Militants Killed, 3 Stronghold Wrecked in Uruzgan Clashes

    At least 19 Taliban insurgents killed during an operation carried by Afghan National Army (ANA) in Dehrawood district of Uruzgan on Monday, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement.

    According to the statement, the Taliban plotted an attack against the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which was foiled in cooperation by the national army forces.

    “19 Taliban were killed during preemptive operations of ANA in Dehrawood district of Uruzgan province yesterday,” said the MoD in a tweet. “They had gathered and prepared to attack ANDSF positions when they were targeted by ANA and AAF.”
    Meanwhile, further 11 Taliban were wounded and three of their “strongholds and a large amount of their weapons were destroyed” during the operation.

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    Taliban Released Abducted Passengers in Maidan Wardak

    The abducted passenger who had been kidnapped by Taliban released on Monday night.

    Mohibullah Sharifozi, the spokesman of governor of Maidan Wardak, said the remaining 11 passengers out of 28 who had recently been abducted by the Taliban in Siya Petab area of Jalriz district were released last night.

    Sharifzai added that these people have been released due to the efforts of the local government, ethnic influential people and tribal elders.

    According to him, 17 of the abducted passengers were released on the first day.

    Meanwhile, a number of locals called the number of abductees 39 and stressed that all of them had now been released.

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    Pashtuns Stage Protest in Quetta Against Pak Army

    The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) organised a massive protest in front of the Balochistan provincial assembly in Quetta on Monday, condemning the shooting incident in Chaman by the Pakistan security forces on Pashtuns.

    “PTM is protesting in front of the provincial assembly in Quetta against State Atrocities In Chaman. This is not the first time the Pakistan Frontier Corps (FC) has killed civilians in Chaman. We demand the killers to be arrested and prosecuted. We demand justice,” Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar tweeted.

    Besides PTM leader Dawar, Gilgit-Baltistan activist Senge Hasnan Sering also condemned the incident.

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    U.S. Navy Orders 15 ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft, Sensor Payloads, & Video Data Links for Afghanistan

    U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft experts are buying 15 small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and onboard sensor payloads for Afghanistan under terms of a $9.8 million contract announced earlier this month.

    As per Military & Aerospace report, officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., are asking Boeing Insitu Inc. in Bingen, Wash., to provide 15 ScanEagle UAVs for Afghanistan National Army intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

    The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAV is 5.1 feet long with a 5.6-foot wingspan. It weighs as much as 48.5 pounds and can carry a 7.5-pound sensor payload.

    The UAV can fly for more than 24 hours at altitudes as high as 19.500 feet, and at speeds to 80 knots.
    The ScanEagle UAV can fly on gasoline or heavy fuels like jet fuel, diesel, or kerosine.

    It provides persistent surveillance and reconnaissance imagery on land or at sea at lower costs than other surveillance methods for military and agriculture missions.

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    Afghan, UAE Foreign Ministers Discuss Boosting Relations

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, reviewed the prospects of fostering relations between the two nations across various fronts.

    This came as the top UAE diplomat welcomed the Afghan minister on Monday and discussed growing cooperation in the fields of logistics and food security in addition to exchanging views over a number of regional and international issues of interest.

    The meeting touched on the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and the efforts being made to confront its fallout.

    Sheikh Abdullah reaffirmed the UAE’s determination to reinforce relations with Afghanistan across various domains.

    The Afghan minister congratulated Sheikh Abdullah on the 49th UAE National Day, commending the developmental achievements and the prestigious stature boasted by the UAE regionally and internationally.