In this picture taken on June 26, 2022, a volunteer carries aid being received from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for recent earthquake affected people in the Afghan-Dubai village of Spera district in Khost province. - In Afghan-Dubai -- named at a time when the pine nut trade flourished in the coniferous mountainous region -- the distribution of aid is strictly supervised by armed Afghan Taliban. (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN / AFP)

At least 27,000 people have been displaced in attacks by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. The United Nations reported on Thursday. Fighting started in Sar-e-Pul province two weeks ago, Afghan media reported.

The trigger is said to be a dispute between the militant Islamist Taliban, who have been in power again in Afghanistan since August 2021, and a former officer.

The UN is prepared to provide more than 10,000 people with the essentials. “Many families have fled to neighboring provinces in the north or the central highlands of Bamyan,” it said. Videos on social media also show families fleeing to the mountains – women tell that they lost their children and have no food, clothing or medicine.

A local Taliban spokesman, on the other hand, told the German Press Agency on Wednesday that the displaced people had returned.