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Civilian casualties up by 30 percent: AIHRC

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said that the number of Afghan civilian casualties has surged 30 percent over the past six months.

Rafiullah Bedar, spokesman for the AIHRC, told Azadi Radio that their findings show spike in civilian casualties over the past six months.

He said that the AIHRC has documented 1293 civilian dead and 1725 others wounded in this year.

Bedar added that the armed clashes, bomb explosions, suicide blasts and kidnappings are the main causes of civilian casualties. The AIHRC attributed 70 percent of deaths to insurgency.

This comes at a time that the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) is also expected to release its report regarding civilian casualties this week.

It is worth mentioning that the Taliban militants have increased their activities recently.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) recently said that they have tactically retreated from some areas in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Kabir Ranjbar, a legal expert, said that to reduce these figures, the warring sides should observe rules and regulations of war. He alleged that Pakistan is leading the current war against the Afghan government. He added that the Taliban on the behest of Islamabad are hell bent on killing innocent Afghan civilians.

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