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Thousands flee pitched battles in northern Afghan city

The number of war-displaced civilians in Kunduz has more than doubled to 24,000, the UN said Sunday, as street battles persisted a week after the Taliban stormed into the northern Afghan city. Terrified residents facing a growing humanitarian crisis have been fleeing explosions and gunfights to neighbouring provinces of Balkh, Takhar, Baghlan and the capital Kabul. "Initial reports indicate that around 24,000 internally displaced persons" have fled Kunduz, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
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