Afghanistan Weekly Field Report | 12 - 18 March 2017
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
The total number of individuals displaced by conflict in 2016 stands at 654,143, as joint assessment teams finalise assessments of those displaced last year. In 2017 so far, 38,110 individuals have been verified as displaced, with 57 per cent of those displaced being children under the age of 18.
Northern/North Eastern: Ongoing government military operations, including airstrikes, continued in Kunduz. In addition, fighting between rival illegal armed groups reportedly displaced 1,400 unverified individuals in Khanabad, Kunduz, with further reports of civilian casualties and homes damaged. In Baghlan, three consecutive weeks of military operations resulted in thousands of unverified displaced to Pul-e-Khumri city, with around 11,200 submitting petitions. Assessments will commence shortly. In Badakhshan, an avalanche in Shahr-e-Buzurg district reportedly killed eight individuals and wounded a further eight.
Elsewhere, assessments have verified 651 conflict IDPs in Balkh, 434 individuals in Faryab, and 245 individuals in Jawzjan.
Southern: Conflict continued to intensify across the southern region during the past week. Clashes on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah and in Nad-e-Ali district in Hilmand reportedly caused displacements to neighboring villages. Assessments are constrained due to ongoing conflict and roads closed by IEDs. Fighting in Nesh has reportedly displaced around 1,400 unverified individuals to Tirin Kot, Uruzgan, with assessments ongoing.
Western: The Western region has been relatively calmer compared to previous weeks, albeit with a number of conflict incidents in Balabaluk, Farah, and Shindand, Hirat. No displacement has yet been reported. Tribal conflict reportedly resulted in 85 houses being set on fire in Badghis, with displacements reported. Assessments are challenging due to ongoing insecurity in the area.
Eastern: The security situation in the Eastern region remained volatile, with military operations ongoing in contested districts in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan. 1,764 unverified individuals have reportedly been displaced by operations in Dehbala, Nangarhar, with assessments underway. Crossborder shelling continued in Kunar and Nangarhar, with displacements of up to 700 individuals reported.
Central: Armed conflict continued in most provinces, particularly in Parwan, Kapisa and Ghazni. In total, around 7,000 unverified individuals were reported displaced, including 3,500 in Ghazni and 1,200 in Khost. Assessments are ongoing.
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