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US airstrikes in May against suspected Taliban drug facilities killed at least 30 civilians, says UNAMA

11 October 2019

At least 30 civilians were killed as a result of airstrikes carried out by US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on 5 May against suspected Taliban drug-processing facilities in western Afghanistan, according to a joint report published on 9 October by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The UN said it has so far verified 39 civilian casualties (including five confirmed injured and four whose current condition has yet to be confirmed) from the multiple airstrikes. Among the casualties were 14 children and one woman.

Of the verified civilian casualties, UNAMA said it determined that 17 of them were indeed working in drug labs, adding that it is also working to verify what is described as "credible reports of at least 37 additional civilian casualties, the majority of whom were women and children".

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