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Afghanistan: More Aid Workers Evacuate Capital

Kabul, 25 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Some 50 foreign aid workers left Kabul today as the frontline between Taliban and opposition forces was holding stabile some 20 kilometers from the Afghan capital.

A convoy carrying staff from a variety of smaller aid agencies left Kabul under escort of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). They follow some 20 aid workers who left the city earlier this week.

The ICRC and the UN have so far not ordered the evacuation of their personnel from the Afghan capital.

Little fighting was reported today between Taliban forces defending Kabul and opposition forces led by former government defense minister Ahmed Shah Masood. The frontline puts opposition forces within rocket range of the city.

Meanwhile, news reports say Taliban police swept several Kabul neighborhoods overnight to arrest hundreds of people accused of being loyal to the opposition.