Civilian casualties from the conflict in Afghanistan have reached alarmingly high levels, according to a report released by the United Nations, Aug. 5. According to that report, 1,592 civilians were killed, and 3,329 were injured between January and June. The number of civilian casualties is higher than any similar period since 2009, with about 70% caused by anti-government forces, in particular, the Taliban. However, the reported noted “with concern” that there was a 60% increase in civilian casualties inflicted by pro-government forces.
This report comes in the wake of several deadly attacks by Taliban fighters.
“Afghan civilians have suffered far too long from this destructive conflict,” said the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom. “The devastating consequences of this violence against civilians as documented in this report should serve to strengthen the broad conviction that peace is urgently needed.”