The Dutch government has decided to pay compensation to the victims of a military raid the country’s forces conducted in the central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan in 2007, according to international media outlets.
In November, a local court in Hague city asked the Dutch government to pay compensation to the families affected by the aerial attack conducted by the Dutch soldiers in Uruzgan province in 2007.
According to Associated Press, Netherlands’ Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren on Friday stated that the government will not appeal to the court and will implement the court’s order to compensate the victims of the incident.
Four Afghan nationals, whose names are not identified, have sued the Netherlands government for the brutal military attack in a court in Hague.
Early in the morning on June 17, 2007, Dutch F-16 fighter jets dropped 28 guided bombs in the Chora district of Uruzgan province, 18 of which hit the surrounding areas according to the court’s announcement.
The court has said that several bombs hit the same area, killing at least 18 people who were relatives of an extended family. It is also stated that the Dutch forces did not properly identify the military targets from residential areas in the attack.
The court documents indicate that the victims of this deadly bombing include the wife, two daughters, three sons, and a daughter-in-law of one of the people who filed a complaint with the court.
The court has said it will decide the exact amount the victims of the military attack will receive in the later stages.
Two years ago, a Dutch military who had served in Afghanistan in 2007, had claimed that during a special military operation, Dutch forces attacked residential areas in the Chora district of Uruzgan province, which might have claimed the lives of scores of local civilians.