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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Maimana (BNA) 36 military prisoners were released from Taliban prison in Faryab yesterday. Dr. Naqibullah Fayeq governor of Faryab told BNA, the released prisoners are military which are being held in Taliban prisoners for months. T. Yarzada

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday that in the past 24 hours, 281 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Afghanistan, bringing the total to 4,963. The new cases have been reported in Kabul (84), Balkh (33), Wardak (28), Nangarhar (20), Badghis (20), Takhar (14), Kandahar (13), Herat (12), Panjshir (12), Paktia (1), Nimruz (1), Helmand (7), Ghor (2), Baghlan (1), Samangan (1), Jawzjan (4), Faryab (1), Kunduz (5), Zabul (5), Parwan (4), Kapisa (3), Badakhshan (3), Sar-e-Pul (5) and Uruzgan (1). Five people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing total deaths to 127. The total number of recoveries is 610. Kabul is still one of the worst hotspots for COVID-19-- in the past 24 hours out of 212 cases 84 were positive. So far 18,098 people have been tested in the country. The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 286,513, and 4,190,817 have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Yarzada

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Kabul (BNA) At least 13 people were martyred and 15 others wounded as the gun attack on a hospital in Kabul came to an end with the killing of all assailants on Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior said. The gunmen attacked the 100-bed hospital in Dasht Barchi area, where Doctors without Borders runs a maternity clinic, west of the capital at around 10am yesterday. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the assault ended with the killing of all the three attackers. He said at least 13 civilians were martyred, including two newborn babies, and 15 others were wounded, including women and doctors. According to Arian, around 100 people, including three foreigners, were rescued and moved safely. The wounded were shifted to other hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far and the Taliban denied their involvement. Meanwhile, least 24 other people were martyred and almost 70 others were wounded in a bombing at a funeral in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, local officials confirmed. According to local people, the explosion happened in a crowd of people who were gathered for the funeral of Shaikh Akram, a former commander of public uprising forces, in Shewa district. Local officials said the casualties may rise as a number of wounded are in critical condition. The attack was condemned by many. It came as three other provinces including Kabul saw deadly attacks in the last 24 hours. Yarzada
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 08:31

Kabul Hospital Attack Widely Condemned

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Kabul (BNA) First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a tweet condemned the attack in Kabul, saying the Taliban and former and current allies of the group attacked a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar, killing "mothers, infants and innocent civilians .” VP Saleh added that the attacks were a sign of the Taliban's changed behavior after the peace agreement in Doha. NSA Hamdullah Mohib in a tweet said: " The attacks of the last two months show us and the world that Taliban and their sponsors do not and did not intend to pursue peace. Their attacks this spring against Afghans are comparable to the level of fighting in past fighting seasons." Meanwhile, German Ambassador Peter Prugel said he was "outraged and sickened" by attack on the hospital and MSF maternity clinic in Kabul, "targeting civilians and in part. doctors, health workers, mothers and newborns. “The insanity of those behind such an inhuman and despicable act is beyond imagination." “I strongly condemn attacks in Kabul and Nangahar targeting innocent civilians. My deepest condolences to the families of those killed. I commend the efforts of the ANDSF. NATO stands with the people of Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism"-Deputy SCR Nicholas Dean said. US Ambassador Ross Wilson Also tweeted that: “I deplore this barbaric attack and condemn the evil terrorists who target those who cannot defend themselves and who are already suffering. Hospitals are centers of compassion with dedicated Afghan and MSF-Afghanistan staff caring for innocent civilians." The Amnesty Intl South Asia also condemned the attack, saying: " The unconscionable war crimes in Afghanistan today, targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral, must awaken the world to the horrors civilians continue to face. There must be accountability for these grave crimes, and civilians must be protected. ” Human Rights Watch's associate Asia director Patricia Gossman also said that: "A deliberate attack on a hospital is a war crime. Those paying the price for this heinous act are patients, doctors, nurses, other medical staff, as well as Afghan civilians, including children, put in harm's way." A number of Kabul residents also condemned the attack, asking government to target terrorists and avoid pardoning their prisoners. Yarzada
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was ordering the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to move to ‘offensive mode’, away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence in the country. “In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies,” he said in a televised speech yesterday. His comments came after a violent day in which gunmen martyred 13 people at a maternity clinic in Kabul and more than 20 died in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have denied they were involved in the attacks. Yarzada
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Pakistan’s exports of goods and services to Afghanistan witnessed a decrease of 10.37 per cent during the first three quarters of financial year (2019-20) compared to the corresponding period of last year, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported. The overall exports to Afghanistan were recorded at $789.437 million during July-March (2019-20) against exports of $885.779 million during July-March (2018-19), showing negative growth of 10.37 per cent, the SBP data revealed. Overall Pakistan’s exports to other countries witnessed an increase of 1.13 per cent in nine months, from $17.793 billion to $17.866 billion, the SBP data revealed. On the other hand, the imports from Afghanistan into the country during the period were recorded at $111.559 million against $131.680 million last year, showing decreased of 15.28 per cent in first three quarters of this year. The overall imports into the country decreased by 16.22 per cent, from $39.312 billion to $32.935 billion, according to the data. Based on the trade figures, the trade of goods and services with Afghanistan witnessed a decrease of 10.10 percent in surplus during first three quarters of ongoing fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The surplus during the period under review was recorded at $677.878 million against $754.099 million during same period of last year, showing negative growth of 10.10 per cent, the data revealed. Meanwhile, the footwear exports from the country witnessed an increase of 15.86 per cent during the first three quarters of the current financial year (2019-20) compared to the corresponding period of last year. Pakistan exported footwear worth $104.351 million during July-March (2019-20) against the exports of $90.069 million during July-March (2018-19), showing a growth of 15.86 per cent, according trade data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Among the footwear products, the exports of leather footwear increased by 11.29 per cent as it surged from $79.282 million last year to $88.232 million during the current year. The canvas footwear exports from the country were recorded at $0.344 million during the current year against $0.078 million during last year, showing increase of 341.03 per cent. Likewise, the exports of all other footwear commodities also rose by 47.31 per cent during the period under review as these went up from $10.709 million last year to $15.775 million during the current fiscal year. Meanwhile, on year-on-year basis, the footwear exports rose by 8.01 per cent during the month of March 2020 compared to the same month of last year. The footwear exports during March 2020 were recorded at $10.540 million against the exports of $9.758 million in March 2019. During the period under review, the leather footwear exports witnessed decrease of 0.91 per cent, the export of canvas increased by cent per cent while the exports of other footwear commodities also increased by 52.53 per cent. On month-on-month, the exports of footwear witnessed increase of 25.22 per cent during March 2020 when compared to the exports of $1.971 million in February 2020, the PBS data revealed. It is pertinent to mention that the countries merchandize trade deficit witnessed significant reduction in first ten months (July-April) of current financial year and declined by 25.68 per cent as compared to the corresponding period of last year. During the period under review country’s exports registered about 3.92 per cent decrease, whereas imports witnessed sharp decline of 16.50, the PBS reported.

Monday May 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health announced today that have recorded 285 new positive cases of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours.
Dr. Wahidullah Majroh, the public health ministry deputy minister said the authorities recorded the new positive cases in various provinces.
According to Majroh, two persons from COVID-19 disease lost their lives in the past 24 hours, while 16 others who had contracted the disease, have recovered.
He also added that the ministry of public has so far recorded 4,687 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the virus in the country, including the 285 new cases.
Majroh further added that the virus has so far killed 122 people across the country including the 2 new deaths while a total of 574 others have recovered.
M.A.Ansari

 

Monday May 11, 2020
MAHTARLAM CITY (BNA) Taliban attack pushed back by Afghan security forces in Ali Shing district, eastern Laghman province last night.
Ministry of Defense by releasing a statement reported that Taliban fighters conducted attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint, which faced with full resistance of Afghan national army.
Six Afghan national army troops were martyred and five others were wounded during the attack, the statement added.
Taliban fighters also sustained heavy losses, but the exact number is not clear, the statement concluded.
M.A.Ansari

 


Monday May 11, 2020
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds needy and destitute families in eastern Nangarhar province the other day.
Shah Mahmoud Miakhail governor of Nangarhar told BNA correspondent, in this round 1300 destitute families have received foodstuffs.
Process of aids distribution to needy families ongoing in Nangarhar province, Miakhail added.
By outbreak COVID19 in Afghanistan, thousands people lost their jobs and need humanitarian assistances.
M.A.Ansari

 

Monday May 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) More than 12 armed oppositions were killed during air and ground attack carried out by Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar and Nooristan provinces.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, six Taliban fighters lost their lives following air attack conducted by Afghan air forces in Manogi district of Kunar province.
The insurgents have targeted by Afghan air forces while they launch attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Manogi district, the commander added. 
Meanwhile, Sylab army corps by releasing a statement said that five Taliban fighters were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in Noor Gram district, Nooristan province.
Taliban said nothing about the incidents so far.
According to another report, Afghan national police personnel by discovering and confiscating eight round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incident in crowded areas of Nooristan province.
No one was arrested accused of the mine plantings.
M.A.Ansari

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