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.

PTI



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

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