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At least three people are reported killed in Jalalabad during the city’s protests against the Taliban banner replacing Afghanistan’s national flag.

At least three people have been reportedly killed and a dozen others wounded after shots fired at protest against removal of Afghan flag by Taliban in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from Kabul, said that “a fairly sizable part” of Jalalabad’s residents were resisting the replacement of Afghanistan’s national flag in the city by the Taliban banner.

“We have seen uploaded on social media, protests in the streets of hundreds if not thousands of people waving the national flag,” he said.

“We know that they have put the flag back up again in an important square in Jalalabad and that there have been clashes with the Taliban …”

Babrak Amirzada, a reporter for a local news agency, said he and a TV cameraman from another agency were beaten by the Taliban as they tried to cover the unrest, according to The Associated Press news agency.

Meanwhile, planes carrying hundreds of evacuees from Kabul have arrived in the United Kingdom and Germany as Western nations stepped up evacuation efforts and the Taliban promised women’s rights, media freedom and amnesty for government officials in Afghanistan.

The United States said its military flights had evacuated 3,200 people from Kabul so far, including 1,100 on Tuesday alone.

In Kabul, the Taliban sought to strike a conciliatory tone at its first press conference since its lightning seizure of the Afghan capital, promising to respect the rights of women “within the framework of Islam” and expressing a desire for peaceful relations with other countries.


Article written by: Zaheena Rasheed and Tamila Varshalomidze

Photo credit: Republic World


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