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Civilian Victims Of Afghan War Exceed 10000 In 2017

Civilian Victims Of Afghan War Exceed 10000 In 2017

Raging violence in Afghanistan killed and wounded over 10,000 people past year, with a terrible rise in the number of women and child casualties, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office stated on Thursday.

Afghanistan suffered more than 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017, as deadly suicide and complex attacks killed and injured more people than any previous year in the war-torn country, according to the UN.

Out of 10,453 casualties in 2017, the report said, 3,438 were killed and 7,015 others injured.

Pro-government forces caused a fifth of the civilian casualties according to the report, with 16 percent attributed to the Afghan national security forces, two per cent to global military forces, one per cent each to pro-government armed groups and undetermined pro-government forces.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Afghan Defense Ministry, Dawlat Waziri, said that the security forces would do their best to protect civilians during military operations against militants in Afghanistan.

Yamamoto, who also heads UNAMA, expressed deep concern at the increased harm to civilians caused by suicide attacks.

"I am particularly appalled by the continued indiscriminate and unlawful use of IEDs such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices in civilian populated areas", Yamamoto said.

"Afghan civilians have been killed going about their daily lives - travelling on a bus, praying in a mosque, simply walking past a building that was targeted", Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was quoted as saying in the report.

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But terror attacks continue this year. The militants have responded with attacks in Kabul in the past few weeks, killing almost 150 people.

"Such attacks are prohibited under global humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes".

The capital remained a top target, with 16 percent of all casualties during the year - a total of 1,831 people killed and wounded - occurring in Kabul alone.

"It has indeed been a hard year".

That compares to a total 11,434 casualties in 2016, when there were 3,510 deaths and 7,924 wounded. The US is the only global force known to be carrying out airstrikes in Afghanistan.

UNAMA also documented an increase in attacks against places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, recording 499 civilian casualties with 202 deaths and 297 injured, during 38 such attacks in 2017.

"We can not sleep day and night due to the frightening sounds of firing", an 11-year-old girl injured by a bullet during a ground engagement in Arghandab district, Zabul province in September, told UNAMA.

Airstrikes by Afghan and United States forces, which increased by seven per cent, killed 295 people and wounded 336 others, making up six per cent of the overall casualty figures.