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UNAMA report shows sharp rise in casualties among Afghan civilians in first half of 2103

August 1, 2013

UNAMA logoMore concerning news regarding casualties and security in Afghanistan:

 

UN Statement – 31 July 2013 – Afghanistan saw a 23 per cent rise in the number of civilian casualties over the first six months of 2013 compared to last year, with the majority caused by the increased use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the latest Mid-Year Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  UNAMA documented 1,319 civilian deaths and 2,533 injuries in the first half of 2013, marking increases of 14 per cent in deaths and 28 per cent in injuries over the same period in 2012. This rise reverses the decline observed in 2012 and suggested a return to the trend of 2011 when high numbers of civilian deaths and injuries were documented.

The report attributes 74 per cent of all civil casualties to actions taken by Anti-Government Elements, a rise of 16 per cent over the same period last year 2012. Pro-Government forces were found responsible for nine percent of casualties, 12 per cent of the casualties were unattributed and resulted from ground engagements between Pro-Government Forces and Anti-Government Elements and the remaining five per cent were unattributed, resulting mostly from unexploded ordnance. The annual report prepared by UNAMA has been documenting the deaths and injuries of non-combatants since 2007.

 

Taliban flagThe Taliban, predictably, reject most aspects of the report:

As usual, a report has been prepared and published by the UNAMA office in Kabul on the American demands which is totally biased…Just like previous year, 16% increase in civilian losses has been claimed this year in which 74% responsibility has been assigned to Mujahidin without furnishing any proofs. Some of the incidents were alluded to in which people related to Kabul admin, Arbakis and workers of some other detrimental organs were plainly called as civilians. No explanation is given about the reason of these incidents which itself produces doubts about the authenticity of this report. It shows that the above mentioned report is in consonance with the Americans’ attitude and is an attempt of propaganda against Mujahidin.

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