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04 Feb

The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan, publishing its annual report, says that in 2019, nearly eleven thousand civilians were killed and injured in Afghanistan.

  The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan, presenting its annual report on civilian casualties in 2019, says that civilian casualties in Afghanistan have decreased by 7 percent in 2019.
Naeem Nazari, one of the commissioners of this commission, said that the findings of this commission show that in the last 10 years, a total of 86,823 civilians, including women and children, were killed and injured, of which 28,979 were killed and 57,000 were injured. 844 people were injured.

Nazari said that in the last three months of 2019, the number of civilian casualties reached 2,293, while in the last three months of 2018, a total of 3,728 civilians were killed and injured, which is It shows a 38% decrease in civilian deaths in the last three months of 2019 compared to the previous year.

It is said in the report of this commission; In the course of 2019, a total of 10,772 civilians including 6,845 men, 974 women and 2,696 children.

Mr. Nazari said that in 2019, the highest numbers of civil casualties were caused by explosions and roadside mines.
It is stated in a part of the report of the Independent Human Rights Commission; In 2019, 750 civilians were victims of airstrikes, among which 485 were killed and 265 others were injured. In 2018, civilian casualties from airstrikes reached 956 dead and wounded, which shows a 21% decrease compared to the previous year.
The deputy of the Human Rights Commission added that including the casualties of civilians this year, nearly 58,000 civilians have been killed and injured in the past 10 years.

Despite this, he clarified that the amount of civilian casualties during the attacks of the opposition has decreased by 27% and during the attacks of government forces and foreign soldiers by 44% during this year.

Mr. Nazari called the casualties caused by mine explosions increasing during 2019, saying that 29% of the total casualties occurred as a result of the explosion of embedded mines, which shows a double increase compared to the previous year.
According to him, this year's report shows an 8% increase in casualties in ground conflicts; It shows a 13% increase in targeted killings and a 79% increase in nighttime attacks; Meanwhile, there has been a 45% decrease in suicide attacks and a 21% decrease in air attacks.

He asked the warring parties in the country to avoid civilian casualties. He called on government soldiers to take preventive measures against civilian casualties in their attacks and on foreign forces in Khost to avoid attacks based on weak intelligence.
Mr. Nazari also emphasized that the government should identify and prosecute the perpetrators of civilian casualties in the country and facilitate the intervention of the International Criminal Court in cases of human rights violations.

Shabnam Niazi

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