UN Reports Afghan Civilian Casualties Continue to Rise

UN Reports Afghan Civilian Casualties Continue to Rise The United Nations said the Afghan conflict has caused nearly 2,000 casualties in the first three months of this year, showing an increase of 2 percent compared to the same period last year. The number includes an increase of 11 percent in civilians wounded – 1,343 – but a decrease of 13 percent in those killed – 600. The fighting has intensified in Afghanistan since the Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive last Tuesday, raising fears of increased bloodshed in 2016. U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) chief Nicholas Haysom called on all parties to the Afghan conflict to take precautions to protect civilians during operations. “Even if a conflict intensifies, it does not have...
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