Civilian Casualty Toll Increased By 17% in 1394: AIHRC

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A new report published by Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) shows that civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 17 percent in 1394.

Based on the report, last year the violence scale in Afghanistan was unprecedented and more than 3,000 civilians were killed.

Fifty percent of those civilians killed died in suicide attacks and roadside bombings.

“3,129 civilians were killed and 6,302 others were wounded in violence in 1364,” part of the report read.

Among those killed or wounded 4,642 were men while 775 were women and 1,116 were children.

According to the human rights commission, armed opponents were responsible for 72 percent of the casualties while nine percent was at the hands of government forces.

“Every day with every person killed in Afghanistan, his family and relatives are affected,” said Sima Samar, AIHRC chairperson.

Besides the death toll, the ongoing conflict has also forced thousands of Afghans to evacuate their homes.

More than 149,000 Afghans fled their homes in the first six months of the year due to ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations said in its latest figures on the conflict.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a bulletin released in Kabul on Thursday that many of those affected were farmers who were missing critical sowing and harvest times.

Statistics show that the ongoing conflict has displaced up to 10,000 families only in the southern province of Helmand.

“Until now more than 10,000 families have been displaced, we have brought them under our relief and rescue program,” said Omar Zuwak, spokesman to the Helmand governor.

“The government has more responsibility than any other organ for protecting civilians as it is the duty of the government to provide security to each national of the country,” AIHRC member Abdul Rahman Hotak said.

In 2015, civilian casualties unprecedentedly increased in Afghanistan. A UN report says that between the month of August and October of 2015, up to 6,000 cases of violence were recorded in Afghanistan in which 3,600 civilians were wounded.

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