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Wardak residents protest civilian deaths in raid

AT News Reports

KABUL: Tens of people from Wardak province have staged demonstration in Kabul city on Tuesday to protest military operations by the security forces that caused civilian causalities there.

The protestors called on the government to avoid operations targeting civilian causalities.

They claimed that a recent operation in the Julga district killed a number of civilians including children.

This comes as the UN stated in a report that 2018 witnessed the highest number of civilian casualties ever recorded from suicide attacks and aerial operations.  

The report has stated 10,993 civilians’ causalities, in which 3,804 civilian were died and 7,189 wounded, thus representing a five percent increase in overall civilian casualties and an 11 percent increase in civilian deaths compared with 2017.

According to UNAMA 63 percent of civilian causalities have caused by anti-government groups, thus 37 percent reflects to Taliban, 20 percent to Daesh, and 6 percent other anti- government elements.

The report shows that 24 percent of the civilian causalities have posed by pro-government forces; 14 percent Afghan National Forces and six percent Resolute supports and four percent other pro-government armed groups.  

The reports says that the key factors of the civilian causalities were the suicide attacks conducted by the anti-government groups, mainly Daesh and as well as the aerial operations by pro-government forces.

A statement released by the National Security Advisors’ Office said that the Afghan Security Forces undertaking the new strategies to prevent civilian causalities in the operations.      

The statement said that the Afghan National Forces were trying their best to prevent the civilian causalities in their operations.

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