UN records 10,000 Afghan civilian casualties in 2019

UN calls for seizing opportunity for lasting peace in war-ravaged country as US, Taliban inch closer to deal

KABUL, Afghanistan: Protracted violence caused 10,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan last year, a new UN report said Saturday, as the U.S. gave Taliban a week to reduce violence prior to a peace deal.

The annual UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report that has been systematically documenting the impact of the war on civilians since 2009 also revealed the number of civilian casualties in the last decade had surpassed 100,000.

The report documents 3,403 civilians killed and 6,989 injured, with the majority of the civilian casualties inflicted by anti-government elements.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN mission, urged warring forces to seize the moment to stop the fighting ”as peace is long overdue”.

“Civilian lives must be protected and efforts for peace are underway,” he added.

The figures suggest 47% of the casualties are caused by the Taliban, 16% by the Afghan, and 8% by the international military forces.

This comes on the heels of a landmark ‘reduction in violence’ week in line with the proposed deal between the U.S. and Taliban, a move hailed by the Afghan government and its international backers.

Source: Anadolu Agency


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