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Civilian deaths rise in Afghanistan

Civilian deaths rise in Afghanistan

The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016, 11,418, published Monday is the highest number of casualties ever reported by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan since the figures started being recorded.

The conflict in Afghanistan has killed 24,841 civilians and injured 45,347 since 2009, according to the United Nations report. Tadamichi Yamamoto [official bio], the Special Representative of the Secretary General, said, "All parties to the conflict must take immediate concrete measures to protect the ordinary Afghan men, women and children whose lives are being shattered". That amount stands at 11,418 deaths and injuries. The deaths themselves were a 2 percent drop from 2015, but the injuries jumped by six percent.

The report said the figures included 3,500 children who were killed or injured, an increase of 24 per cent over the previous year.

The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan's conflict rise by 3 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year, the United Nations mission said in its annual report released Monday. "The consequences of each act of violence ripple through families and entire communities that are left broken, unable to sustain themselves and largely failing to obtain any semblance of justice or reparation". The report also documents that the Taliban caused nearly two-thirds of the casualties and pro-government forces caused nearly one-quarter.

Avalanches and snowstorms kill scores in Afghanistan
Heavy snow also blanketed the Afghan capital of Kabul , where the government closed its offices on Sunday. Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

Two-thirds of the casualties were caused by anti-government forces such as the Taliban, but a quarter were caused by pro-government forces.

Within hours Afghan forces bolstered by reinforcements and air support repelled the militants, though fighting continued in the outskirts.

The report noted an overall deterioration in civilian protection and the highest number of civilian casualties recorded since 2009, when UNAMA began its systematic documentation of civilian casualties.

UNAMA's report Monday charted a 10-fold increase in civilian casualties blamed on Islamic State - 899, including 209 deaths.


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