Civilian casualties caused by Taliban attacks increase by 33 percent

By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: Following increasing of Taliban attacks after the peace deal between US and Taliban, civilian casualties have increased recently as Afghanistan National Security Council in its recent report has informed of 33 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by Taliban attacks in the country.
 
A spokesperson to Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC)  Javed Faisal in his recent tweet said: “Taliban killed 25 civilians and wounded 74 more people in the second week of Ramadan. The victims included women and children.”
 
“The civilian casualties as a result of stepped-up violence by Taliban increased by 33 percent in the second week of Ramadan compared to the previous same period of time,” Faisal tweeted.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed its serious concern over increasing of civilian casualties in the country.
 
In a statement the rights body said that violent armed attacks did not decline in the first 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan as was expected by the people of Afghanistan.
Responsibility for the casualties to 68 people claimed by the Tailban, 16 people by government forces and 32 people go unidentified.
 
According to the AIHRC the harmed caused by roadside blasts, targeted attacks and rocket attacks in Kabul, Ghazni, Logar, Kandahar, Paktia and Helmand provinces.
 
Earlier the UNAMA in its report had expressed concern over increasing of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, asking the government to have particular programs for the prevention of innocent civilian casualties in the country. In its recent report, UNAMA has called on all sides to the conflict to avoid directly targeting or attacking innocent civilians. According to UNAMA, 550 people were killed and 1,200 others injured in violence in the past three months.
 
Previously, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message had called on the Taliban to stop violence and killing of Afghans and say yes to ceasefire in the country. This comes amid of increasing of Taliban attacks in the country.
 
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Lower House of parliament has also expressed concern over increasing of civilian casualties and considered it as violation of the peace deal signed between US and Taliban, saying that civilians are always targeted and attacked by every side to the conflict.
 
All this comes amid of increasing of Taliban attacks in recent weeks as innocent civilians have been targeted in Taliban attacks.
A number of Afghan political experts believe that increasing of civilian casualties caused by any sides to the ongoing conflict is not acceptable.
“Unfortunately the issue of civilian casualties has changed to one of the most debatable issues in recent months as each side to the ongoing conflict in particular the Taliban has been accused of harming and killing innocent civilians in recent months,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.
 
In recent years, civilian casualties have changed to one of the most serious concerns of Afghanistan government and people.
 
 

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