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Most Afghans were not able to leave the country through regular channels: UN

The situation across Afghanistan remained extremely fluid and support for a humanitarian response inside Afghanistan was urgently needed. UN officials said most Afghans were not able to leave the country through regular channels.

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokeswoman Shabiya Mantu said at a press briefing here on Friday that since the country’s takeover by the Taliban on August 15, there had been a reduction in widespread fighting, but not the full impact of the evolving situation. so far clear. That said, some 200 UNHCR allies, both national and international, remained in Afghanistan. He said, “UNHCR was working with 18 local non-government partners with about 900 employees across the country. Currently, they were able to reach all provinces and were working in two-thirds of all districts. ”

Mantu told the media that 550,000 people were forcibly displaced inside Afghanistan this year, but there were also 2.9 million internally displaced persons from previous crises, and 2.6 million Afghans who fled around the world in previous decades. World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tariq Jasarevic said in a press briefing that the WHO is also committed to living and providing vital health services in Afghanistan. According to a WHO spokesperson, most major health facilities in Afghanistan were functioning, and health workers were called to return to or stay in their positions, including female health workers.

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