Wednesday, June 23

United Nations to evacuate 1,000 employees from Afghanistan due to increased security threats

Monday, 21 June 2010
The UN will move an estimated 1,000 of its foreign staff to Kuwait, reports say.

The United Nations has announced plans to remove some of its foreign staff from Afghanistan because of increased security threats.

"These employees who will be temporarily sent abroad, can do their work from the remote places where they live," said a spokesman for the UN, Nazifullah Salarzai.

"After an attack on one of the UN guesthouses in Kabul a while ago, the organisation decided to pull out some of its employees from Afghanistan," he added.

A UN report released last week indicated that violence has risen dramatically in Afghanistan in the first four months of this year.

The number of suicide attacks and militants’ clashes has increased by 94 percent compared to the same period of last year.

Hundreds of foreign UN workers were evacuated in November after insurgents attacked a guesthouse in Kabul, killing five of its employees.

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