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More than 30 die in Afghanistan due to US led air strikes: ICRC

Kabul, 06 May, (Asiantribune.com): Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in US-led air strikes while sheltering in homes from a battle Monday and Tuesday in Western Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

ICRC spokeswoman Jessica Barry said the group had dispatched a team which reached the scene of the air strikes on Tuesday afternoon.

They saw houses destroyed and dozens of dead bodies, including women and children, providing the first international confirmation of the incident which US and Afghan authorities say they are investigating.

"There were women and there were children who were killed. It seemed they were trying to shelter in houses when they were hit," she said.

Barry said that among those killed was an aid volunteer for Afghanistan’s Red Crescent organization, who died along with 13 members of his family.

US-led forces in Afghanistan acknowledge they were involved in fighting and air strikes in the area, which began on Monday and continued into Tuesday in Farah province in Western Afghanistan. They say they are jointly investigating reports of civilian casualties alongside Afghan authorities.

- Asian Tribune -

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