UN slams U.S. for killing Afghan children

March 6, 2011 - 0:0

The United Nations has strongly condemned the U.S.-led forces for killing several children in a recent airstrike in the troubled northeastern Afghanistan.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, called for a review of air strikes launched by foreign forces in the war-ravaged country.
“Children killed in Afghanistan by airstrikes is a cause of serious concern,” Coomaraswamy said in a statement released in New York.
The call comes days after nine children were gunned down by a NATO-led helicopter while collecting firewood in Kunar Province.
The incident has drawn widespread condemnation inside and outside the country.
U.S. president Barak Obama has expressed his deep regret over the deaths.
The high number of civilian casualties caused by U.S.-led forces has become a major source of friction between Kabul and Washington.
Over the past two weeks at least, four attacks in eastern Afghanistan have claimed around eighty lives.
Afghan officials are calling for protests and demanding explanations. They predict that if such attacks continue, all efforts to achieve peace will be futile.
Meanwhile, a recent Afghan study on unexploded munitions has revealed that the U.S.-led NATO forces have been using internationally prohibited bombs against civilians in the war-torn country.
Insecurity is on the rise across the country despite the presence of over 150,000 U.S.-led forces there.
Thousands of Afghans have so far lost their lives due to military operations by foreign troops since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
(Source: Press TV)