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Women’s protest in Taliban-controlled Kabul turns violent

Footage shared by Afghan information community TOLO information Saturday confirmed a confrontation between Taliban guards and among the girls. In the video, a person on a megaphone is heard telling the small crowd “we will pass your message to the elders.” His voice seems to be calm. But in the direction of the top of the video, girls may be heard screaming, with one activist saying “why are you hitting us?”

Violence reportedly broke out after Taliban forces prevented the ladies from marching on to the presidential palace, in line with TOLO, which reported the usage of tear gasoline on protesters.

“Together with a group of our colleagues, we wanted to go near the former government offices for a protest. But before we got there, the Taliban hit women with electric tasers, and they used tear gas against women. They also hit women on the head with a gun magazine, and the women became bloody. There was no one to ask why,” Soraya, a former authorities worker current on the protest scene on Saturday, instructed Reuters.

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A video of Afghan activist Narjis Sadat bleeding from her head was shared extensively on social media, claiming she had been overwhelmed by militant fighters on the protest. CNN has reached out to Sadat for remark.

Taliban leaders on Twitter dismissed the movies being shared on-line of violence on the women-led protests. The head of the Cultural Commission, Muhammad Jalal, stated that these demonstrations had been “a deliberate attempt to cause problems,” including that “these people don’t even represent 0.1% of Afghanistan.”

The militant group are nonetheless concerned in talks over forming a authorities, however have signaled girls ought to keep at house, and, in some cases, militants have ordered girls to go away their workplaces.
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The strikes are at odds with guarantees from the rebel group, whose leaders have insisted publicly that girls will play a outstanding position in society and have entry to schooling. But, the group’s public statements about adhering to their interpretation of Islamic values have stoked fears of a return to the cruel insurance policies of Taliban rule twenty years in the past, when girls all however disappeared from public life.

Some Afghan girls are already opting to stay indoors as fears mount over their security, with some households buying full-length burqas for feminine kin.

Dozens of ladies staged an analogous demonstration on Friday in Kabul, and on Wednesday within the western Afghan metropolis of Herat.

A outstanding Afghan activist stated she didn’t participate within the Herat demonstration due to a direct risk. ​She spoke to CNN on the situation of anonymity, fearing even expressing curiosity within the demonstration might topic her to reprisal.

Afghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in the downtown area of Kabul on Friday.

Kabul airport might reopen in days forward

Meanwhile, a technical group was in a position to reopen Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport to obtain help Saturday, amid ongoing preparations to organize the ability for civilian flights, Qatar’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak Al-Khayarin Al-Hajar stated in a press release.

Two home flights flew from the capital’s airport to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar, bin Mubarak Al-Khayarin Al-Hajar confirmed.

A group of Qatari technicians are finishing up repairs on the airport, which might begin receiving flights within the coming days, the assertion added.

The airport has not been operational for the reason that last withdrawal of US troops final week.
A Qatar Airways plane departs Kabul airport shortly after landing on September 3.
Qatar’s Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Counterterrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution, Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani landed in Kabul Friday. Qatari officers in Kabul are participating in talks with the Taliban on transitioning to a authorities and the reopening of Kabul airport.

The Gulf state’s purpose is to assist set up a political settlement for lasting peace in Afghanistan guaranteeing safety, stability and improvement within the nation, a Qatari supply with information of the state of affairs instructed CNN Friday.

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There are three events engaged in discussions to renew operations at Kabul airport, the supply stated.

Qatar can also be working intently with the worldwide neighborhood, notably these embassies relocated to Doha from Kabul, together with the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Japan, to supply secure corridors and freedom of motion for these in Afghanistan and proceed cooperation within the struggle in opposition to terrorism to stop any future instability within the area, the supply added.

Fighting intensifies in distant holdout area

Elsewhere, clashes have continued in a number of components of the Panjshir Valley in northern Afghanistan, the final province holding out in opposition to the Islamist takeover. Fighters of the National Resistance Front (NRF), a multi-ethnic group that features former Afghan safety pressure members and reportedly numbers within the 1000’s, have been battling a Taliban offensive for the previous two weeks.

Panjshir Valley, a mountainous, inaccessible area north of Kabul, has a protracted historical past of resisting the rebel group. In the late 1990s, it was a middle of resistance in opposition to the Taliban throughout their rule.

A Taliban spokesman instructed CNN Saturday that its forces had made “considerable advances” and brought 4 districts of the mountainous province. The Taliban have attacked Panjshir from a number of instructions and look like concentrating on the provincial capital, Bazarak.

A file photograph of Panjshir valley in 2011.

An worldwide NGO working within the space, Emergency International, stated in a publish on Twitter that Taliban fighters had reached the village of Anabah, which is situated a number of kilometers from Bazarak, on Friday night time.

“During the night of Friday 3 September, Taliban forces pushed further into the Panjshir Valley, reaching the village of Anabah where EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre and Maternity Centre are located. There has so far been no interference with EMERGENCY’s activities. We have received a small number of wounded people at the Anabah Surgical Centre,” the tweet learn.

In a video message Friday, the previous Vice President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh, stated there had been casualties on each side. Saleh fled to Panjshir when the earlier authorities fell in August.

“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he stated, earlier than including: “We will not surrender, we are standing for Afghanistan.”

Earlier Friday, the National Resistance Front claimed it had fought again enemy assaults and surrounded Taliban militia on the Khawak Pass within the north-east of Panjshir.

An anti-Taliban fighter takes a position during a patrol on a hilltop in Darband area in Anaba district, Panjshir province on September 1.

In Kabul, the chief of the Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan occasion, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, issued a warning Friday to the inhabitants of Panjshir, which is basically Tajik.

Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and veteran energy dealer in Afghanistan, stated individuals shouldn’t sacrifice themselves for the advantage of others. Some individuals in Panjshir had been resisting the Taliban for private acquire and if defeated, they may go to different international locations, he continued.

“Our Panjshiri brothers will be aware that the worst consequences of this war are on you more than anyone else. You will be harmed,” Hekmatyar instructed supporters in Kabul Friday, in line with Afghan media.

CNN’s Alex Marquart and Mick Krever contributed to this report.

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