The Ministry of the Interior announced that 31 of the country’s 34 provinces will impose a curfew from 10 pm to 4 am.
The Afghan government has imposed night curfews in almost all of the country’s 34 provinces to curb a surge in violence triggered by a full-scale offensive launched by the Taliban, which quickly occupied the territory.
The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement on Saturday: “In order to curb violence and restrict Taliban activities, 31 provinces across the country have imposed curfews, with the exception of Kabul, Panjshir and Nangarhar.”
In another audio statement to reporters, Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of the Interior Ahmed Ziazia said that this measure will take effect between 10 pm and 4 am local time.
Al Jazeera’s James Beth reported in the capital Kabul that the reason for the curfew was “very simple”.
“It has been obvious for many years that in the disputed areas of Afghanistan, the government may control everything during the day, but the Taliban largely control the night.”
With the last group of American and NATO soldiers leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban have rapidly occupied territory and strategic border crossings since the beginning of May.
The US-NATO withdrawal has completed more than 95% and will be completed within a few weeks.
On Wednesday, General Mark Milley, a senior U.S. military officer Tell At the Pentagon’s press conference, the Taliban had “strategic momentum” and controlled about half of the rural areas because it drove the Western-backed Kabul government to cut off the population center.
The group’s fighters are threatening some of the 34 capital cities, but have not yet fought against any of them.
The United States, Germany and other countries have called on the Taliban to stop their offensive.
At the same time, the Taliban insisted that there will be no peace in Kabul until a new negotiating government is established and President Ashraf Ghani steps down.
“I want to make it clear that we don’t believe in power monopolies, because any government [sought] The government that monopolized power in Afghanistan in the past was not a successful government,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press, apparently including the Taliban’s own five-year rule in the assessment.
“So we don’t want to repeat the same formula,” he added.
Ghani often said that he will continue to serve until the new election can determine the next government.
Friday, the White House Say US President Joe Biden has authorized up to 100 million US dollars from an emergency fund to meet the “unexpected emergency” refugee needs caused by the situation in Afghanistan, including special immigrant visa applicants for Afghanistan.
Biden also approved the release of $200 million in services and goods from the inventory of US government agencies to meet the same demand.