The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released its first-quarter report documenting 2181 civilian casualties during the first three months of the year 2017.
Renewing call for the safety of civilians in this ragging violence, the UN report has noted a death of 715 civilians while 1466 more are documented as injured.
“With the so-called fighting season imminent, I appeal to all parties to take every measure possible to prevent unnecessary and unacceptable harm to Afghan civilians.” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan has been quoted saying in this report.
The UN report elaborates that consistent with trends in 2016, ground engagements continued to cause most civilian casualties, followed by improvised explosive devices, as well as suicide and complex attacks.
The country’s capital Kabul has witnessed the highest number of civilian casualties due to suicide and complex attacks, followed by Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Uruzgan provinces.
The UN has blamed anti-government elements for some 62 per cent of civilian casualties – 1,353 civilian casualties (447 dead and 906 injured), reflecting a five per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016.
UNAMA has particularly expressed concerns over increases in both child and women civilian casualties, particularly deaths.
The mission recorded a 24 per cent increase in women civilian casualties, documenting 273 women casualties (88 dead and 185 injured), and 735 child casualties (210 dead and 525 injured), a three per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016