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Afghan Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 1,150; U.S. Urged to Unfreeze Afghan Assets

HeadlineJun 24, 2022

Afghan officials say the death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake has risen to at least 1,150. Over 10,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in the largest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in over two decades. At least five more people died earlier today in a strong aftershock. Many Afghans lost multiple relatives in the quake.
bq. Abdur Rahman: “The quake happened at night. I was not here myself, but my brothers were here. That’s my brother, and that one. They were here. The quake suddenly happened at night. Our houses were destroyed. Twelve people of our family were martyred. Two of the injured were my brothers.”
The International Red Cross is calling on nations to release Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves in the wake of the earthquake. Last year the United States froze nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank following the takeover by the Taliban.

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