UNICEF representative in Afghanistan told reporters. The Pentagon had
said the strike eliminated an “imminent threat” by ISIS-K terrorists to
the ongoing airlift.
apparent ignorance from De Lys was puzzling, since the same open
sources that reported the deaths clearly attributed the strike to the US
– the New York Times, for example.
members said 10 people, including seven children, were killed by a U.S.
drone strike in Kabul on Sunday.“At first I thought it was the
Taliban,” one survivor said. “But the Americans themselves did it.” https://t.co/R0EzvPAgJg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 30, 2021
The US military also said it had carried out the drone strike, saying it was done in self-defense against an “imminent”
threat by Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K). The group claimed
responsibility for last week’s bombing at the gate of Kabul’s Hamid
Karzai International Airport (HKIA), which claimed the lives of 14 US
military members and around 170 Afghans.
“We are not in a position to dispute it right now,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday, when asked about reports of civilian casualties in the strike.
US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban said on Sunday that CENTCOM was “aware” of reported civilian casualties and was still “assessing”
the outcome of the strike, which he said targeted a car bomb belonging
to ISIS-K. Survivors of the drone strike, however, said it killed
multiple members of an Afghan family, all civilians.
that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions
resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount
of explosive material inside that may have caused additional
casualties,” Urban said. “We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life,” he added.
De Lys said UNICEF is continuing its mission in Afghanistan, even
though many outside agencies have picked up and left following the
Taliban takeover, as some 10 million children remain at risk and at
least 200,000 have been displaced.
“It is clearly a child protection crisis in a country that is already one of the worst places on earth to be a child,” he told reporters.