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U-N Blames Northern Alliance for Seizing Humanitarian Aid - 2001-11-14


The United Nations is reporting setbacks in its efforts to get humanitarian aid to people in danger of starvation in Afghanistan.

U-N spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker today (Wednesday) said looters have ransacked some U-N offices in Mazar-e-Sharif since the opposition Northern Alliance took over the city Friday. She added that anti-Taleban commanders have been seen driving around Mazar-e-Sharif in U-N vehicles.

Meanwhile, the U-N Children's fund -- UNICEF -- said it is suspending aid convoys to Afghanistan from neighboring countries after some trucks and employees were seized by Northern Alliance forces. A spokesman said UNICEF is still trying to account for six employees and two aid trucks.

These reports come as a U-N shipment of 100 tons of food aid crosses into Afghanistan from neighboring Uzbekistan. In addition, Russian border officials said some 170-tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to Afghanistan through Tajikistan late Tuesday.

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