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UN REPORT 17. 07. 2017.   >>  15:47 0


Terrorism casualties number grows in Afghanistan

The long war in Afghanistan continues to set records for civilian casualties, the United Nations mission in the country said on Monday, even as the violence is expected to intensify in the coming months with no hope of peace talks anytime soon.

In the first six months of 2017, 1,662 civilians were killed, a 2 percent increase from what had been a record in the same period last year, the mission reported. An additional 3,581 civilians were wounded.

While Kabul, the capital, had the most casualties because of a few enormous bombings, civilians in the countryside have also suffered in large numbers, with casualties increasing in 15 of the country’s 34 provinces. The report documented a 23 percent rise in the number of women killed.

“The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan — loss of life, destruction and immense suffering — is far too high,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan. “The continued use of indiscriminate, disproportionate and illegal I.E.D. devices by antigovernment elements is particularly appalling and must immediately stop,” he said, using an abbreviation for homemade bombs.

The United Nations says 26,500 civilians have been killed in the war and 49,000 others injured since 2009, the year the mission started systematically recording casualties.

The report commended government forces for reducing civilian casualties from ground engagements, including indiscriminate firing of mortars and other heavy weapons in civilian areas. In the meantime, it said, casualties caused by the insurgents’ use of homemade bombs had only increased. Roughly 40 percent of all civilian casualties — 596 deaths and 1,483 injuries — resulted from the insurgents’ use of such explosives, including suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, the report said.

The Taliban rejected the report in a statement, calling it one-sided and politically motivated.

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