Afghan conflict causes over 2,000 civilian casualties this year: UN

Afghan conflict causes over 2,000 civilian casualties this year: UN

United Nations: Armed conflict in Afghanistan has killed 763 civilians and injured 1,495 in the first three months of this year, according to the United Nations Mission in the war-torn country. “All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm,” said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
“Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now.” The 2,258 civilian casualties, documented from January 1 to March 31 by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, known as UNAMA, are at the similar levels recorded in the first three months of 2017 and 2016.
Anti-government elements caused 1,500 civilian casualties, up six per cent from the same period last year.