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U.N. Set to Issue Appeal to Halt War in Afghanistan

HeadlineOct 22, 2001

The United Nations is set to issue an unprecedented appeal to the United States and its coalition allies to halt the War in Afghanistan and allow time for a huge relief operation. The U.N. said that growing concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation forced the move. It says that 7.5 million Afghans are threatened with starvation unless the airstrikes stop. U.N. officials also said thousands of Afghan refugees who fled the war over the weekend face death from starvation and disease, unless Pakistan opens its borders. An Afghan man died of wounds suffered when border guards opened fire to quell up to 15,000 trapped Afghan civilians pushing and pleading for entry.

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