Afghan faction blocks Kabul food convoy
Friday 04 March 1994
Mr Hekmatyar, whose Hizbe Islami forces have been bombarding Kabul for two months in a fresh attempt to oust President Burhanuddin Rabbani's government, has prevented all but a trickle of food reaching the capital in the past two weeks. Earlier this week he seized a United Nations-organised convoy carrying more than 100 tons of food, which he distributed to his followers. The latest convoy failed to get through despite the backing of the UN, private aid groups and the Pakistan government, which announced on Wednesday that it had negotiated safe passage.
The blockade has worsened an already critical situation for Kabul's million inhabitants, a fifth of whom have been driven from their homes by incessant shelling and rocketing. Those who can afford to do so have fled the city, mainly in the direction of Jalalabad, where aid agencies are caring for more than 100,000 refugees. The snowbound capital has been without water or electricity since New Year's Day, when the latest power struggle began, and the blockade has driven food prices to five times the levels in Pakistan. Agencies still operating in Kabul are running out of supplies, and report that people are selling their household goods to buy what is left in the markets.
'Hizbe Islami is now using the weapon of hunger against the people of Kabul,' said an aid official in Peshawar. 'It is far more dangerous than any amount of rocketing.'
Aid sources say Mr Hekmatyar's campaign has been strengthened by Benazir Bhutto's government in Pakistan, which last month closed the border to all Afghans without visas. It has also insisted that aid convoys to Kabul should go by the most vulnerable route, through the Khyber Pass and Jalalabad, rather than using less-troubled southern routes. Islamabad's relations with President Rabbani's government have soured since rioters sacked the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...