Kabul rally condemns raise in civilian causalities
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some civil society organizations members and residents of capital Kabul on Wednesday staged a rally in support of security forces and urged the conflicting parties to prevent civilian causalities.
Ihsanullah, one of the rally participants, said the purpose of this rally was to demonstrate support with the country’s armed forces. He said the insurgent should understand that they were not fighting only individuals in the armed forces uniform, adding that the entire nation was with security forces and supported them.
He asked the international community to equip the Afghan security forces to improve the law and order situations countrywide.
They rally holders demanded the conflicting parties to avoid civilian causalities during conflict and they expressed deep concerns over raise in the loss of civilians during conflict.
Earlier, the United Nation said, At least 3,545 civilians were killed and 7,457 others injured in Afghanistan during 2015, hitting an all-time high.
The numbers exceed the previous record levels of civilian casualties that occurred in 2014. The latest figures indicate an increase of four percent during 2015 in total civilian casualties from the previous year.
In the 2015 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called increased ground fighting in and around populated areas, suicide and other attacks in major cities the main causes of the collateral damage.
Nicholas Haysom, the secretary-general’s special representative and UNAMA head, said: “This report records yet another rise in the number of civilians hurt or killed. The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable.”
He urged parties to the conflict to take concrete action to protect civilians and put a stop to the killing and maiming of non-combatants in 2016. Ground engagements caused the highest number of civilian casualties.
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