AIR STRIKE KILLS 13 CIVILIANS, MOSTLY CHILDREN, IN AFGHANISTAN
At least 13 civilians mostly children were killed in an air strike by “international forces” in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week but no one has claimed responsibility.
The strike happened between late Friday and early Saturday in support of ground operations conducted by pro-government forces fighting against Taliban militants in the area.
UN mission in Afghanistan said, initial fact-finding indicates that 10 of those killed were children, part of the same extended family who were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country.
The US is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict.
According to a UN report, the deaths come as ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, with more civilians killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record.
At least 32,000 civilians have been killed and another 60,000 wounded in the last decade.
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH FLIGHT 302 WILL BE INVESTIGATED
Ethiopian Airlines will work with investigators in Ethiopia, the United States and elsewhere to figure out what went wrong with flight 302.
The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said on Monday, that his pledge follows reports the investigation was under strain because information about the March 10 crash, which killed 157 people, was not being shared with international partners.
Planemaker Boeing has come under intense scrutiny since the crash was the second in five months involving its new 737 MAX 8 model.
But despite the tragedy, he said, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future and to make air travel even safer.
Boeing’s 737 MAX fleet has been grounded worldwide since the crash, wiping US$28 billion off the company’s market value and throwing doubt over advance orders of the plane, worth more than US$500 billion.