Afghanistan: May deadliest for civilian casualties
Last Updated: Monday, June 13, 2011, 19:05
United Nations: With as many as 368 people dead, May 2011 was the deadliest month for civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the UN started documenting deaths in 2007.

The UN reported that anti-government forces were responsible for 301 deaths while pro-government forces blamed for 45 deaths. Nearly 600 civilians were injured during the same period.

Georgette Gagon, the human rights chief in the UN mission in Afghanistan, urged parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians.

"We are very concerned that civilian suffering will increase even more over the summer fighting season which historically brings the highest numbers of civilian casualties," she said in a statement.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-government elements continue to cause most the casualties. In May, IEDs killed 119 people and caused 274 injuries.

The UN noted that civilian casualties attributed to ground combat have been increasing since the beginning of the Taliban's spring offensive. Air strikes caused three per cent of the total civilian deaths in May.


First Published: Monday, June 13, 2011, 19:05

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