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2,133 people killed, injured country-wide in June

2,133 people killed, injured country-wide in June

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Jul 03, 2018 - 17:11

KABUL (Pajhwok): Ceasefire during Eid-ul-Fitr and the blessing of fasting during the month of Ramadan has helped dropped casualties in Afghanistan to 2,000 persons in June while nearly 3,000 people killed and wounded in May.

Afghan government announced ceasefire from June 11th till 19th against the Taliban while the Taliban observed three days truce 15th to 17th June.

The Taliban resumed fighting on the evening of June 17 which the third day of Edi-ul-Fitr but government extended the truce by another 10 days.

During the three days of Eid government officials went to the areas under the Taliban control and the Taliban entered major cities and fully implemented the truce.

Heavy fighting was underway in different parts of the country before ceasefire but there was complete calm during ceasefire. Soon after the end of ceasefire fighting resumed in parts of the country.

According to Pajhwok’s reports in June 198 attacks while May 205 different attacks happened.

Pajhwok reports based on different sources showed 1,189 people have been killed and 944 others injured in 29 out of total 34 provinces.

Available statistics showed that of the 16 persons nine suffered casualties in face to face fighting, three in blasts and one each in airstrike and suicide blasts.

Last month more than half of the total attacks took place in Nangarhar, Faryab, Ghazni, Kandahar and Jawzjan provinces and the remaining half attack happened in 24 provinces.

He said the presence of Daesh rebels besides the Taliban had resulted in increasing casualties and attacks.

Wardak said it was natural that government forces would show more activities where more Taliban are present and move a lot.

Defence Ministry’s officials also acknowledged more military movements take place in the areas where the Taliban have strong presence.

Casualties:

Pajhwok report showed tht 1,189 people were killed and 944 others injured last mongh.

Rebels, security forces and civilians were among the dead and wounded, but Pajhwok could not share separate and exact number of the dead and injured of each category because different sources shared different figures.

But According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) report published on Saturday 513 civilians were killed and injured in May in 22 provinces of Afghanistan. The sources said violence and clashes left 158 killed and 355 others injured in June.

According to Pajhwok reports most of the casualties happened in eastern Nangarhar province.

Blasts and casualties happened on daily bases in June but the most deadly day was June 9 when 109 people were killed and 69 others injured.

A military affairs expert, Gen. Zalmai Wardak, said that different casualty figures in different areas depended to the conflict type and tactic.

He said front wars cause more casualties in populated areas.

The conflict in Afghanistan between the Taliban militants, the Afghan government and international forces is ongoing from the past 17 years.

Pajhwok monthly reports show that militants’ attacks were more frequent and there were more casualties in spring and summer compared to fall and winter last year.

Casualties’ figures show that the ongoing solar year is more violent compared the last year.

On average, nearly 12,000 people were suffered casualties in the first five months of current year compared to 11,000 people during the same period last year.

The figures show the level of casualties is soaring this year compared to the last year when 25,000 people were killed or wounded in Afghanistan.

According to statistics, the casualties’ rate dropped in June this year but not as much as the same period last year. Last year, casualties’ figures had fallen by 46 percent in June compared to May but this year the casualties fallen by 28 percent in June compared to the last month.

Military affairs expert, Gen. Zalmai Wardak, said that the holy month of Ramadan had an impact on conflicts fall because militants had no 100 percent regular organization and some of them return to their homes with the arrival of Eid.

He said a ceasefire between the government and the Taliban was also a reason in casualties decrease during June.

During the three days of ceasefire in last Eid, only two attacks carried out by Daesh or Islamic State, happened in Nangarhar province while the rest of the country was free of any security incidents and casualties, he added.

Extension of the truce by the government also had impact on casualties’ reduction because only Taliban militants were carrying attacks while the Afghan forces were defending themselves.

Extend the ceasefire!

The decades long conflicts and bloodshed in Afghanistan forced some people to join peace movements and ask warier sides to extend the truce.

Mariam Faizi, a lecturer in a private university in Farah province, said that decades of war in Afghanistan took spiritual and material assets of many Afghans, a misery that should be ended as soon as possible.

She said that three days of ceasefire during last Eid showed Afghans were thirsty for peace and they needed to end the conflict.

Samiulhaq Rahimi, a resident of Maidan Wardak province had similar views and said, “The three-day ceasefire in last Eid was the days of joys for Afghans for the first time in the last four decades, because there was no war, women were not widowed and children not orphaned,”

He said both the Taliban and Afghan forces were hugging each other and sharing their joys of Eid celebration during the ceasefire. This situation showed that Afghans have no problems with each other.

“I believe Afghans would always love each other if foreigners leave use and foreign intelligence organs not interfere in our affairs,” he said.

He asked the government and the Taliban to extend the ceasefire, reach a peace agreement and help cut foreigners’ interference in Afghanistan.

Afghan president has repeatedly stressed on peace talks and asked the Taliban to prepare for an intra-Afghan dialogue. However the Taliban did not respond ye.

Taliban stress on foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan and say the US should directly talk with them if it really wanted a solution to the Afghanistan war.

Nh/mds

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