Violence in Afghanistan Killed, Wounded 10000 People in 2017

Violence in Afghanistan Killed, Wounded 10000 People in 2017

Violence in Afghanistan Killed, Wounded 10000 People in 2017

The air campaign by worldwide and government forces accounted for 6 percent of civilian casualties in 2017, with 295 people killed and 336 wounded, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. They accounted for 40 per cent of all civilian casualties during the year.

On May 31, in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital, at least 150 people were killed after a massive truck bomb ripped through the heart of Kabul's diplomatic district.

Pro-government forces caused a fifth of civilian casualties with 16 percent attributed to Afghan forces, 2 per cent to global forces and 1 percent each to pro-government armed groups and undetermined pro-government forces, the United Nations said.

The largest attack in front of the German embassy in Kabul killed 92 people and injured another 491 people, according to the report.

"Your president and his military and political officials following his war policies still speak the language of war in Afghanistan", the letter says.

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"In 2017, UNAMA documented 631 civilian casualties (295 deaths and 336 wounded) from airstrikes, a seven percent increase from a year ago, and the highest number recorded by UNAMA (since 2009)", Bell warned.

According to the report, a disturbing increase was seen in attacks against places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers.

This year, a wave of attacks by armed groups have killed almost 150 people in recent weeks.

"The report attributes two-thirds of responsibility for civilian casualties to anti-government elements, mainly Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State)".

In 2017, 359 women died in the Afghan conflict and 865 were wounded, a one per cent rise over the previous year, although the number of children affected fell from 2016 by 10 per cent with 861 dead and 2,318 wounded.

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A total of 4,403 women and children were either killed or wounded during the year in what Tadamichi Tamamoto, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, called "appalling human suffering".

Insurgents account for 65 per cent of the overall casualty figures, with 42 per cent attributed to Taliban militants and ten per cent to Daesh, the United Nations report says.

But she raised concerns about increasing numbers of casualties in aerial operations conducted by Afghan and global forces.

Another 33 percent of the casualties have been blamed on ground engagements between Afghan forces and anti-government elements while the rest were caused by targeted killings, explosive remnants of war and airstrikes by government forces and their foreign partners.

Last year, the United Nations changed its categorization of Afghanistan from post-conflict to a country in active conflict.

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