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Civilian causalities increased by 19pc in 2018: AIHRC

Civilian causalities increased by 19pc in 2018: AIHRC

Apr 23, 2019 - 20:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Right Commission (AIHRC) said on Tuesday civilian causalities in conflicts have been increased by 19 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

AIHRC chief, Seema Samar while presenting civilian casualties annual report to a press conference here said their findings show around 11,000 civilians have been killed and wounded in war in 2018.

Of 11,212 individuals, 3,032 of them killed and 8,180 others wounded, while 7,790 of the victims were identified as men, 933 womeninfo-icon and 2452 children, she added.

According to AIHRC, 9,413 individuals had suffered causalities back in 2017.

About increase in civilian casualties in 2018, she said that the number of civilians killed last year showed six percent decrease but the number of those injured was 32 percent high compared to civilian fatalities in 2017.

Samar said women’s casualties in 2018 increased by 16 percent as 933 of women had suffered casualties with 258 of them killed and 675 others injured compared to 803 women suffered casualties in 2017.

Samar also expressed her concern over children’s causalities and said: “in 2018,  2,452 children were killed and wounded compared to 2,696 casualties of children in 2017.”

She said most or 3,841 civilians had suffered causalities in southern Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces in 2018.

She blamed Talibaninfo-icon militants for 53 percent, Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) 12 percent and foreign troops and Afghan security forces for 11 percent of civilian casualties. However, she said, that the perpetrators of 22 percent of civilian casualties were not identified by the commission.

She added that civilian causalities by Taliban militants had been increased with 11 percent last year.

The AIHRC chief said 24 journalists were killed, 20 wounded and 27 others faced physical assaults and insulted.

Samar said 1,410 individuals have been killed by Daesh rebels in Kabul, Paktia, Ghorinfo-icon, Nangarhar and Jwajzan provinces in last 2018.

She asked the government to train all security forces international laws of human rights and put an end to the culture of impunity for reducing civilian losses in war.



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