Afghanistan sees worst year for civilian casualties

Almost a third of Afghan casualties were children in worst violence since counting began in 2009

Afghanistan sees worst year for civilian casualties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have hit a record high in 2016 with more than 5,000 killed or injured in the first half of 2016, according to a UN report published Monday. 
 
According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, 1,601 were killed and 3,565 injured between January and June  -- a 4 percent increase on the previous year -- while almost 64,000 have been killed or injured since counting began in 2009. 

The number of child casualties hit 1,509, almost a third of 2016's mid-year total, which was also higher than any year since 2009. 

The UN said anti-government forces were responsible for almost two-thirds of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. 

The report was released only days after more than 80 people were killed and more than 200 injured by suicide bombers at a peaceful rally in Kabul, an attack described by Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission as a "war crime".
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