The research paperwork how well being staff have been harmed and well being services broken in focused assaults or ongoing preventing between 11 March, when the pandemic was first declared, to 23 May, the beginning of a three-day ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities.
“At a time when an urgent humanitarian response was required to protect every life in Afghanistan, both the Taliban and Afghan national security forces carried out deliberate acts of violence that undermined healthcare operations,” mentioned Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
“There is no excuse for such actions; the safety and well-being of the civilian population must be a priority.”
Most assaults have been deliberate
The report reveals that 12 of the assaults have been deliberate, whereas the rest concerned incidental hurt.
Eight of the focused assaults have been attributed to the Taliban, who’re additionally believed to be behind two of the incidents with incidental hurt.
During the reporting interval, the extremist group kidnapped 23 healthcare staff in seven separate incidents spanning six provinces and areas of the nation.
The Taliban additionally detonated a remote-controlled improvised explosive gadget in a personal pharmacy in Nangahar province on 21 April, injuring eight males, together with a teenage boy and a health care provider from a close-by hospital.
Afghan nationwide forces have been answerable for three focused assaults, whereas one occasion of incidental hurt occurred within the context of clashes between the warring sides.
Meanwhile, “the most abhorrent attack” –on a maternity ward in a hospital within the capital, Kabul – stays unattributed. The 12 May assault left a minimum of 24 individuals useless, in keeping with media reviews.
Heed name for a world ceasefire
The UN mission recalled that deliberate acts of violence in opposition to healthcare services, together with hospitals and personnel, are prohibited beneath worldwide humanitarian regulation and represent warfare crimes.
“Perpetrating focused assaults on healthcare in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when well being assets are already stretched and of important significance to the civilian inhabitants, is especially reprehensible,” mentioned Fiona Frazer, UNAMA Chief of Human Rights.
UNAMA has condemned all assaults in opposition to healthcare and known as on the events to the battle to stick to the UN Secretary-General’s name for a world ceasefire in the course of the pandemic.
As of Sunday, there have been almost 29,000 circumstances of COVID-19 in Afghanistan, with 581 deaths, in keeping with information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The mission mentioned there might be no higher precedence presently than making certain well being providers can proceed to function with out interference.