New airstrikes on Kabul claim heavy civilian toll
October 21, 2001
Summary of Al-Jazira coverage by Ali Abunimah
The fourteenth day of heavy US airstrikes claimed a number of
civilian lives in the Afghan capital Kabul today, Al-Jazira
The television showed widespread destruction in the neighborhood of
Khair Khana in the north of the city. Many houses were destroyed and
badly damaged. A man who appeared to be in his fifties interviewed
at the site of the attack said:
"We sat down to breakfast about eight o'clock, and then the American
plans came to bomb this area. Many buildings have been destroyed."
Pointing at a devastated building behind him the man added, "seven
families lived in this building. Eighteen people were killed. We
pulled out twelve of them and there are six more still under the
rubble." He said that thirty others had been injured.
The television showed dead people and people with very severe
injuries in hospital. I counted on the screen in the hospital scenes
one dead child, one dead woman, two other bodies completely covered
in sheets, three injured men, one injured woman and seven injured
children. Several children had bandaged heads. One dead child had
suffered shrapnel wounds to the head. A doctor said a bomb had hit
the child's house injuring everyone in it and that the child had
died of his injuries in the hospital.
Another injured child was shown crying next to the body of his dead
mother, who was lying on a gurney covered with a bloody sheet. A man
interviewed in hospital said that in one building in which about
forty people lived he knew of eight who had been killed.
This latest attack accelerated the flight from Kabul and the
television showed people loading belongs on to trucks in preparation
The Al-Jazira correspondent in Kandahar, Yousef Al-Shouli, said that
there had been no bombing in the city of Kandahar itself today but
that there were reports of attacks on outlying villages.
Al-Jazira reported that the Taliban claim that they have found
pieces of an American helicopter and evidence of blood at Jabal Baba
Sahib near Kandahar, where four or five American helicopters
attacked yesterday. The Taliban claimed yesterday that they had hit
and damaged one of the helicopters. The Al-Jazira correspondent is
checking the reports.
In other news: Al-Jazira reports that five Palestinians have been
killed today, Sunday, by Israeli occupation forces. At least eight
Palestinians were killed on Saturday in ongoing Israeli attacks on
Palestinian towns and cities. At least twenty four Palestinians have
been killed since October 18, many of them children and women.
Al-Jazira routinely broadcasts statements and claims from the United
States and Israeli governments, however I do not include these in
the summary as they are widely available elsewhere. The purpose of
these summaries is to provide reported factual details available
through Al-Jazira that are unlikely to be widely reported in the US