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Afghan civilian deaths up by 5 percent in first 9 months of 2018: UN

10 Oct 2018 1TV News

2018-10-10 | 2 minute ago

As many as 2,798 civilians were killed in Afghanistan conflict in the first nine months of 2018, a five percent increase compared to the same period last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The injuries, however, dropped 3 percent to 5,252, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest civilian casualty report. The overall civilian toll recorded during the period was 8,050, down by half of one percent.

Nearly half all civilian casualties were caused by suicide and non-suicide bomb attacks, most of which were carried out by Islamic State militant group.

Nangarhar province in east of the country recorded the most civilian casualties during the period with 1,494 civilian casualties (554 deaths and 940 injured), double the last year’s number.

Sixty-five percent of all civilian casualties were inflicted by anti-government elements, with the Taliban responsible for 35 percent, IS 25 percent and five percent caused by unidentified anti-government elements.

Pro-government forces caused 22 percent of civilian casualties with 16 percent attributed to Afghan forces, five percent to international forces and one percent to pro-government armed groups.

The majority of civilian casualties caused by pro-government forces resulted from ground fighting.

Aerial raids caused eight percent of total civilian casualties, with 313 people killed and 336 injured, an increase of 39 percent.

Women and children continued to bear the brunt of the conflict, with 829 women casualties and 2,136 child casualties.

“As there can be no military solution to the fighting in Afghanistan, the United Nations renews its call for an immediate and peaceful settlement to the conflict to end the suffering of the Afghan people,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “All parties can and should do their utmost to protect civilians from harm, including by making concrete progress toward peace.”

“Every civilian death leaves a family devastated, grieving and struggling to come to terms with the loss, and each civilian injured or maimed causes untold suffering,” said Danielle Bell, UNAMA’s Human Rights Chief. “The worrying rise in civilian casualties in Nangarhar reflects an unacceptable trend that is indicative of how Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of this ongoing conflict.”

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