Taliban Imposes Night Curfew and Launch Night Military Operations on Residents in Balkhab District

Local sources have reported that the Taliban group has imposed night curfews in Balkhab district, Sar-e Pol province for the last three days.

According to the sources, the Taliban have warned the residents of this district that they are not allowed to leave their homes after 10:00pm at night.

The Taliban issued a shoot order at night on the residents if they leave their homes after 10:00pm, sources added.

One of the sources said that the situation in Balkhab district has been military for the last three weeks, which has resulted in problems for the patients in access to health care and other services, adding that with the night curfew restrictions, the Taliban are turning the villages and district into a hell.

Similarly, a reliable source told Hasht-e Subh that the Taliban have imposed night patrol restrictions in order to cover up the crimes and harassment they carry out during night operations in Balkhab district.

Previously, UNAMA had raised deep concerns over the reports of harming civilians and serious violations of human rights in Balkhab district.

It has been a week since the Taliban launched massive military operations on Balkhab district to arrest one of its own ranks’ commender affiliated to Hazara ethnic. In addition to closing the food supply routes to the Balkhab district, the Taliban have been seriously violating human rights in this district. The residents have been displaced to the neighboring districts and provinces that are direly facing a lack of food supplies.

Taliban uses the same strategy of using innocent civilians and protective shields as they have done for a long time in Panjshir and other provinces where resistance forces are active.