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Increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN

Last Updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 09:09

United Nations: Noting that there is no
decline in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, a UN report has
said there has been a record 24 per cent increase in death of
civilians in the country in the first six months of the
current year as compared to the previous year, during the same

As the conflict in Afghanistan intensifies and spreads,
it is taking an increasingly heavy toll on civilians, the UN
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a mid-year
report on the situation of civilians in armed conflict, UN
spokesman Farhan Haq said yesterday.

That report, compiled by UNAMA’s Human Rights Unit,
recorded 1,013 civilian deaths in the first six months of 2009
-- a 24 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2008.

Between January and June of this year, about 59 per cent
of civilian deaths were the responsibility of anti-government
elements and 30.5 per cent were the responsibility of
pro-government forces.

The report adds that air strikes remain the largest
cause of civilian deaths attributed to pro-government forces
during the first six months of 2009, resulting in the reported
deaths of 200 civilians, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 09:09
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