Civilian deaths hit record in early 2017
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