An average of two children per day were killed in occupied Afghanistan last year, with areas of the once peaceful north now among the most dangerous, an independent Afghan rights watchdog said on Wednesday.
The Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said in a report that, of the 2,421 civilians the group registered as killed in conflict-related security incidents in 2010, some 739 were under the age of 18.
The ARM report said many of the reported child casualties occurred in the violent southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand.
But Kunar in the east and Kunduz in the north were also among the most dangerous provinces for children, it said.
Civilian and military casualties hit record levels in 2010, with violence at its worst since U.S.-led invasion begun in late 2001.
War-related child deaths in 2010 were down on 2009, when ARM said 1,050 were killed. However the watchdog warned: "Children were highly vulnerable to the harms of war but little was done by the combatant sides, particularly by the AOGs, to ensure child safety and security during military and security incidents."
A United Nations report late last year found that civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose 20 percent in the first 10 months of 2010 compared with 2009.
The report found that there were 6,215 civilian casualties, including 2,412 deaths, in that period.
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