Afghan Citizens Flee Villages Ahead Of Military Operation

February 8, 2010

Afghanistan (ChattahBox) – A major military operation is set to begin in the heavily insurgent-populated town of Marjah, leading to many civilians and their families fleeing the area to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

The small village in the Helmand province is well known for housing insurgents, and is considered one of the major areas under terrorist control.

The people of the village have been leaving in droves after leaflets were passed to civilians warning of the coming operation, and warnings have been posted telling enemies to leave or be killed.

While leaving the area will better ensure the safety of locals there are other risks involved in fleeing before the operation.

“Everybody is worried that they’ll get caught in the middle when this operation starts,” Lashkar Gah, who is leaving the region with his wife, children and grandchildren told the BBC.

“I can stay for one or two weeks,” he said. “But if I have to leave my agriculture land for months and months, then how will I feed my family?”

This will be the biggest military strike against insurgency in the region since the war began in 2001.



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