By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The first half of this year saw 2,957 civilian casualties in Afghanistan as the war enters its 19th year, the country’s rights commission said Tuesday.
More than 1,200 civilians were killed and over 1,700 injured in 880 incidents of violence, according to latest figures by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
Addressing a news conference, Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the commission, said this figure indicates an 11% decrease in civilian casualties in comparison to the year 2019.
However, it indicates, an average of 16 people were killed or injured every day during this period.
He added the figures indicate the Taliban are responsible for some 48.5% of the civilian casualties, Afghan government forces 15.5%, and foreign troops 2.3%.
Also on Tuesday, at least five people were killed in a landmine blast on the outskirts of capital Kabul.
In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad, US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, said on Tuesday the US and Taliban have reached Day 135, a ‘key milestone’ in implementation of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement.