More than 10000 civilian casualties in Afghan war in 2017

More than 10000 civilian casualties in Afghan war in 2017

"The chilling statistics in this report provide credible data about the war's impact, but the figures alone can not capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people", said UNAMA head Tadamichi Yamamoto.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that civilian deaths across the country fell nine percent overall in 2017, with 10,453 casualties including 3,438 deaths and 7,015 wounded. The remaining third were killed either during military action between the Afghan army and militants or in air strikes by the US and global allies.

The report also says casualties from suicide attacks increased by 17 percent, to a record high.

Two-thirds of all casualties previous year were inflicted by anti-government forces, with the Taliban responsible for 42 percent, Islamic State 10 percent and 13 percent caused by undetermined anti-government elements.

The second leading cause of civilian casualties in 2017 was ground engagements between anti-government elements and pro-government forces, although there was a decrease of 19 per cent from the record levels seen in 2016.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for the "perpetrators to be held accountable".

Meanwhile, spokesman for Afghan Defense Ministry, Dawlat Waziri, said that the security forces would do their best to protect civilians during military operations against militants in Afghanistan.

"The people of Afghanistan, year after year, continue to live in insecurity and fear, while those responsible for ending lives and blighting lives escape punishment", he said in a statement.

On May 31, in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital, at least 150 people were killed after a massive truck bomb ripped through the heart of Kabul's diplomatic district.

"Such attacks are prohibited under global humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes".

In this photograph taken on April 11, 2017, smoke rises after an air strike by U.S. aircraft on positions during an ongoing an operation against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. They claimed both attacks. UNAMA documented that, in 2017, 359 women were killed - a rise of five per cent - and 865 injured.

Out of 10,453 casualties in 2017, the report said, 3,438 were killed and 7,015 others injured.

The number of child casualties - 861 killed and 2,318 wounded - was 10 percent lower than 2016.

The report also found that the number of air strikes conducted by Afghan air forces and the global coalition increased "significantly" - and with it the number of strike-related deaths.