dead and injured
civilians made homeless 173
April 27 – 29, 2007
Team America (= U.S. Special Forces
with close air support by
this report is not
carried by the Associated Press. This report is about a 2-3 day
assault, April 27-29, 2007 by U.S. occupation forces
upon a string of small villages
in the ZerkohValley,
Shindand district of Herat Province.
raids made 2,000 Afghans
homeless: Red Cross”
at , 2 hours, 10
KABUL (AFP) -
Bombing by US forces in western last month wrecked 173 houses and left
people homeless, the Red Cross said, announcing findings of its
Preliminary UN and
Afghan investigations have found that around 50 civilians
were killed in the April 27 and 29 assaults, which involved US Special
with final reports due this week.
Committee of the Red Cross confirmed in a statement that
the clashes "killed dozens of civilians" and reprimanded foreign
forces over civilian casualties caused in operations against Taliban
The assault also "left
230 families, almost 2,000 people, in four
villages homeless," it said.
A delegation from the
Red Cross and the Afghan Red Crescent Society also
found that "173 houses had been destroyed or were so badly damaged as
The groups are
distributing relief to the displaced families, including
food, tarpaulins, pressure cookers, blankets and jerry cans.
The US-led coalition
has said 136 Taliban fighters were killed in the
It is investigating
claims of civilian deaths, with the reported toll one of
the highest in the campaign against the militants, which has lasted
years. The US
military has said an "appropriate level of force" was used.
The head of the Red
Cross in Afghanistan,
Reto Stocker, said all sides involved in the conflict were "legally
obliged to distinguish at all times between legitimate military
the civilian population and civilian objects."
They must weigh up the
possible incidental loss of civilian life and damage
against the expected military outcome of an attack, Stocker said in the