NATO Demolishes, Kills Civilians

What is affected
Housing private
Type of violation Demolition/destruction
Date 23 July 2010
Region A [ Asia ]
Country Afghanistan
Location Helmand

Affected persons

Total 52
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution

NATO and US must coherent consistent system for accounting for civilain csaualties

Details Helmand residents accuse NATO of deliberate attack on civilians killing 52.docx


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Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative

The incident is alleged to have taken place last Friday in Regey, in the volatile Sangin district of Helmand. News of it came as a deluge of leaked US army documents about previously unreported civilian killings threatens to ruin Nato`s attempts to persuade Afghans that it takes innocent deaths seriously. Many residents of the town say they believe the strike, which they say was a missile attack on a mud house where people were hiding from nearby fighting, was deliberate. The foreign forces could see us, said Haji Abdul Ghafar, a 38-year-old farmer who had fled to Regey from a nearby village. We were not in any hideouts. The Americans can see tiny things on the ground, but they could not see us. I think they bombed us on purpose. Ghafar said at first he had not known whether shooting was coming from tanks or from aircraft. But people a bit far from us said that the foreign troops` tank fired a cruise missile. It hit the house and destroyed the front of the house and the left wall. He was speaking to the Guardian at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar city, where he went with his son, Agha Shereen, who suffered a broken leg and nose, and a seven-year-old nephew, Abdul Jabar. Abdul was still suffering from severe shock, appearing to believe he was still at home and looking for his sandals to go out and play with other children. In total, Ghafar said, 17 members of his extended family were killed, including three sisters, three daughters and one son. The large number of apparent deaths could be explained by the reputation of Regey, which is bounded by two rivers, as a safe area where people can escape fighting between foreign forces and insurgents – Nato has confirmed there was fighting in a village six miles south. There has never been fighting in Regey because people thought that military or Taliban will not cross the river, said Haji Fazul Haq, a former governor of Sangin. People have always thought this is the best place to be safe. Ghafar made clear his disdain for foreign soldiers. When Taliban fight, they always tell us to leave the area, he said. Even before this fighting, Taliban told us to leave the area and we left. Nato has long accepted that such incidents, including those uncovered by documents published this week by Wikileaks, cause huge damage. They have in the past caused major rows between the Afghan government and Nato.

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