Civil­ian deaths hit record in early 2017

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan has grown more deadly this year for women, chil­dren and other res­i­dents of the cap­i­tal, the United Na­tions mis­sion in the coun­try said Mon­day, even as the vi­o­lence is ex­pected to in­ten­sify in the com­ing months with no hope of peace talks any time soon.

A record num­ber of civil­ians – 1,662 – were killed in the first six months of 2017, a 2 per­cent in­crease from the same pe­riod last year, the mis­sion re­ported. An ad­di­tional 3,581 civil­ians were wounded.

“The hu­man cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan – loss of life, de­struc­tion and im­mense suf­fer­ing – is far too high,” said Tadamichi Ya­mamoto, the U.N. sec­re­tary-gen­eral’s spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan. He cited the threat posed by home­made bombs or im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices, IEDs, used by in­sur­gent groups.

– New York Times

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