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FARAKHABAR: UNAMA Reports 3.7% Increase In Civilian Casualties

07 February 2017

"UNAMA recorded 3,512 child casualties (923 deaths and 2,589 injured), a 24 percent increase from 2015, and the highest number of child casualties recorded by UNAMA in a single year", it said.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 hit their highest recorded level, the United Nations said today, with almost 11,500 non-combatants - one third of them children - killed or wounded.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, said: "The killing and maiming of thousands of Afghan civilians is deeply harrowing and largely preventable".

In the eight years since the United Nations launched the annual report, the conflict has claimed 24,841 civilian lives with 45,347 injuries, the report said.

The number of child casualties in the long-running Afghan war jumped past year, spiking 24% from 2015 in large part from unexploded munitions, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report on Monday. That amount stands at 11,418 deaths and injuries. "Children have been killed, blinded, crippled - or inadvertently caused the death of their friends - while playing with unexploded ordnance that is negligently left behind by parties to the conflict" said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

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The Afghan army flushed out the insurgents with the support of American air strikes, and around 100 United States troops were deployed in the city, the first major American presence there since foreign forces withdrew in 2014.

Afghan security forces caused about 20 percent of the casualties, while pro-government militias and worldwide forces caused 2 percent each.

In November, US forces conceded that an air strike had "very likely" killed at least 30 civilians in the Kunduz area, many of them children, triggering impassioned protests in the city.

The report said the figures included 3,500 children who were killed or injured, an increase of 24 per cent over the past year.

"We are very sensitive and careful about civilian casualties, this report is incomplete and we reject it", he said.

FARAKHABAR: UNAMA Reports 3.7% Increase In Civilian Casualties