Afghanistan civilian casualty figures at record high, UN says
The United Nations (UN) is gravely concerned over the violent incidents and the terrific situation created by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan in its report also expressed its agony on the situation warning that unprecedented numbers of Afghan civilians will perish and be maimed this year if the increasing violence is not stemmed. The UN report said.
It notes near-record levels of casualties in the first six months of the year, with insurgent groups responsible for well over half of the deaths and injuries. It also says the acute rise in the two months since 1 May is of particular concern. Women and girls have been particularly badly hit by the violence, the report noted.
In that period 783 civilians were killed and 1,609 injured, and the highest figures for May and June since the UN began keeping records in 2009. They are also likely to be the worst since the Taliban were toppled from power in 2001.
“I implore the Taliban and Afghan leaders to take heed of the conflict’s grim and chilling trajectory and its devastating impact on civilians”, said Deborah Lyons, the UN secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan. Much of the battlefield action during the most deadly months of May and June took place outside cities, in areas with comparatively low population levels, the report said.