- US admits Afghan civilian deaths.
“”” Far more civilians and children were killed in several US air raids on a village in Afghanistan in August that was first acknowledged.US officials had maintained only about seven civilians had died in the attacks on Azizabad in western Afghanistan on August 22.The Afghan government and UN officials said at the time about 90 had been killed.”Our investigation determined approximately 55 persons were killed – 33 civilian and 22 anti-coalition militants” a summary of an investigation by US brigadier general Michael Callan. Videos showed the bodies of 12 children, three women and eight men were laid out for burial in the village mosque the day after the fighting, the report said.The incident brought angry recriminations from Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and added to fears that support for the US military in Afghanistan was being further undermined by repeated cases of civilian casualties at the hands of US-led forces.”We were holding a prayer ceremony when the bombs started to fall … it was heavy bombardment. The whole village was on fire and about 90 were killed,” Abdul Rasheed, the brother of one of the dead, said.
More than 500 civilians have been killed during military operations by foreign forces so far this year, according to the Afghan government and some aid groups. “”” [SOURCE]
- ‘US missiles’ hit Pakistan village
“”” At least four people have been killed by a suspected US drone that fired two missiles into a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, security officials say.According to a local resident in Sam, two big explosions had shaken the village.
US-operated pilotless drones have stepped up strikes in Pakistan since the beginning of September, firing missiles at suspected fighters 11 times and killing dozens of people, Pakistani security officials have said. “”” [SOURCE]
- Israel seals off Acre after clashes
“Crowds have gathered in several neighbourhoods and police reinforcements have been deployed in order to avoid new clashes.Trouble began in Acre on Wednesday after an Arab drove into a Jewish neighborhood on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement when traffic in Israel largely comes to a halt. A group of Jewish youths assaulted the Arab driver accusing him of deliberately disrupting the sanctity of Yom Kippur, a day when observant Jews are not allowed to drive.”Rumours then spread out, namely from mosques, claiming that the motorist had been killed, prompting several hundred Arabs to take to the streets,” Rosenfeld said.He said that about 100 cars and 40 shops were damaged before roadblocks were set up to dvide the two sides. Several Arabs were arrested.
At least 11 Arab homes have been torched since the rioting began, local officials said. About 28 percent of Acre’s residents are Arabs, according to the city’s Web site.
In the Gaza Strip, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Jewish attacks on Arab homes in Acre were part of “a systematic policy to force the Palestinians to quit their lands”.
The Pakistani government says that more than 120 girls’ schools have been burned down or attacked in the Swat Valley region.
It is estimated that at least 50,000 students have been affected in a region where only 27 per cent of women can read of write.
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Cholera plagues Afghanistan. As if living in a country at war was not bad enough, the people of Afghanistan are battling a new outbreak of cholera.
At least 20 people have been killed so far – most of them women and children.
Health workers blame poor sanitation and a lack of clean water.