- Drop in Civilian Casualties, says UN
Drop in Civilian Casualties, says UN
08 August 2012
The UN says there's been a drop in the number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded in conflict-related violence in the first half of this year.
The UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, says some 3,099 civilians were killed or injured between January and the end of June - a fall of 15 per cent compared to the same period last year. This figure includes 1,145 deaths and 1,954 wounded. The UN says that although the latest figures reverse a trend which has seen civilian casualties increase over the past five years, the violence is continuing to take a devastating toll on Afghans.
UNAMA said "anti-government elements" were responsible for around 80 per cent of overall civilian casualties during this period, with operations by "pro-government forces" causing around 10 per cent. A further 10 per cent of casualties could not be attributed to any party to the conflict.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) remained the leading cause of conflict-related deaths. UN officials warned that the use of IEDs against civilians was on the rise. It also noted a 53 per cent increase in targeted killings of pro-government officials during this period, along with a rise in the number of attacks on schools.
Source: UNAMA website