KW 34: Germany warns of suicide bombers in Kabul, Security officer killed at Kabul airport, Israel attacks Hamas targets in Gaza after balloon attack

NEWS

Germany warns of suicide bombers in Kabul: There is an increasing risk of suicide attacks by Islamic State (Isis) fighters entering Kabul, a German general said on Tuesday. „The security situation continues to deteriorate,“ Germany’s Chief of Defense Eberhard Zorn told reporters in Berlin. „We are getting signals from American sources as well as our own assessments that an increasing number of suicide attackers from the IS are seeping into Kabul,“ he said, referring to this as one of the greatest risks at the moment.
reuters.com

Security officer killed at Kabul airport: A deadly firefight brought renewed chaos on Monday to Kabul airport. One Afghan soldier was killed and three others were injured in the fight between Afghan security forces and unknown attackers at the north gate of the airport, the German military said in a tweet. It said American and German forces were also involved, adding that no German soldiers were hurt. The non-governmental organization Emergency, which operates a hospital in Kabul, wrote on Twitter that at least six people were injured and hospitalized with gunshot wounds. UK armed forces minister James Heappey said British forces and nationals were not involved and the clash happened in an area of the airport where they are not located.
nbcnews.com, zdf.de, news.sky.com

Israel attacks Hamas targets in Gaza after balloon attack: Israel Defense Forces announced on Twitter Monday that it carried out strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in response to an earlier arson balloon attack. The strikes occurred late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post. The paper said fighter jets targeted a weapons site in Khan Younis and a tunnel in Jabaliya. On Saturday, Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas sites in Gaza following clashes between Palestinians and border troops. Saturday’s violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organized by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. At least 24 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old, were injured by Israeli gunfire, according to the Gaza health ministry. An Israeli Border Police officer was shot and critically injured.
foxnews.com, dw.com, nbcnews.com

Poland to build Belarus border fence against migrants: Poland on Monday announced plans for a barbed-wire fence along its border with Belarus following an influx of migrants across the border. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak also said the contingent of Polish soldiers currently deployed to help border guards would be doubled to 2,000. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko assailed Polish authorities on Monday for reportedly using force to push migrants back to Belarus. Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania earlier on Monday urged the United Nations to take action against Belarus. The prime ministers of the four countries said it was clear that the ongoing crisis had been planned and systemically organized by Lukashenko. „It is high time to bring the issue of abusing migrants on the Belarussian territory to the attention of the UN, including the United Nations Security Council,“ the four premiers wrote.
france24.com, apnews.com, dw.com

Ethiopia apparently locks up civilians and children from Tigray in camps: Human rights activists are warning that members of the Tigray ethnic group from the north have recently disappeared without a trace. There is said to be a camp in the central Ethiopian region of Oromia in which not only fighters from Tigray are being held, but also their families. According to witnesses, children are also among the prisoners. More than 700 people are living there under cruel conditions, one of the inmates told the AP news agency via a hidden phone. They are referred to as a cancer and are told that they will be destroyed, reports the man, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. Wardens also threaten to shoot people if anyone tried to escape, he said. More inmates are constantly being brought in without trial, the prisoner stresses. According to him, three people have already died in the camp, two of them as a result of beatings.
rnd.de

Arms deliveries: Germany sent weapons worth 419 million euros to Afghanistan zeit.de
Taliban: United Nations criticizes human rights violations hrw.org
Afghanistan: Taliban will no longer allow Afghans to go to Kabul airport for evacuation, spokesman says cnbc.com
Verdict: No protection for conscientious objectors from Syria zeit.de
Millions of people threatened: Water crisis and drought threaten 12 million in Syria, Iraq aljazeera.com

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

The turmoil in Afghanistan spilled over into markets in Pakistan. Sovereign dollar bonds due 2031 for Pakistan dropped 1.8 cents on Monday, the biggest decline since the government priced the notes in March.
aljazeera.com

BACKGROUND

Afghan women fear loss of fundamental human rights: As the Taliban continue to capture major Afghan cities such as Herat and Kandahar, many women in Afghanistan are concerned about their future under Islamist fundamentalist rule should the group take over the country. The Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, and imposed strict rules on women during that period. Women were unable to work or be in contact with men other then blood relatives, and had to wear a burqa while out in public. If women violated the rules, they could face severe punishments from the Taliban, such as imprisonment, torture or even death. Women were often publicly flogged or executed during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan.
dw.com, dw.com

Immediate steps to respond to the emergency in Afghanistan: Daniel F. Runde is senior vice president, director of the Project on Prosperity and Development, and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. In an article, he writes that the United States has a moral obligation to help its Afghan partners. How the country supports its partners will be noted and watched. In the case of Vietnam, the United States took on about 130,000 people after the fall of Saigon. When the Batista government fell in Cuba, the United States took on 248,100 people. This is not the last time the United States will have to ask local partners to risk their lives, and if it fails its Afghan partners, it will be immensely more difficult to ask for other partners to do so in the future.
csis.org

Millions of Lebanese face water shortages: More than 4 million people in Lebanon could face a critical shortage of water or be cut off completely in the coming days, UNICEF warned, due to a severe fuel crisis. Lebanon is at a low point in a two-year financial meltdown, with a lack of fuel oil and gasoline meaning extensive blackouts and long lines at the few gas stations still operating. „Vital facilities such as hospitals and health centers have been without access to safe water due to electricity shortages, putting lives at risk,“ UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said. „If four million people are forced to resort to unsafe and costly sources of water, public health and hygiene will be compromised, and Lebanon could see an increase in waterborne diseases, in addition to the surge in COVID-19 cases.“ Fore urged the formation of a new government to tackle the crisis.
reuters.com

QUOTE

„When this mission is over, I’m going to think very carefully for myself about what responsibilities I’ve had, what responsibilities I’ve met, where maybe I haven’t – and what conclusions I need to draw personally.“
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the Afghanistan crisis.
spiegel.de

SECURE?

14-year-old girl finishes round-Britain sailing trek: A teenager from Devon has finished sailing around Great Britain in a trek she hopes will make her officially the youngest person to have done so. Katie McCabe from Topsham set off from Exmouth in her 26ft wooden boat Falanda at the end of June. She returned on Saturday afternoon, having raised thousands of pounds for charity during her 1,600 nautical mile challenge.
bbc.com

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