Taliban forces closure of dozens of health facilities in Maidan Wardak
The militants forced the Swedish Committe for Afghanistan to close its health centres after accusing it of failing to provide safety to civilians.
It comes after a night raid by Afghan forces on a clinic in Daimirdad district killed four people last week, SCA said.
The attack was strongly condemned by SCA, but the Taliban accused it of failing to provide adequate security.
"We expect the SCA to shut down their services in Wardak province as they are unable to guarantee the safety of their Afghan employees," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said as quoted by Reuters.
SCA said that the Taliban forced it to close 42 out of 77 health facilities in six out of nine districts of Maidan Wardak province. Over 5,700 patients were affected due to the closure, it said.
"Forcing SCA to close health facilities hence denying people to receive medical treatment and health services is an obvious violation of human rights and international humanitarian law," said Sonny Mansson, SCA country director.
"We demand immediate reopening of all health facilities for the people and we strongly urge all parties involved in conflict to refrain from such actions which deliberately puts civilian lives at risk," he added