16 civilians killed or injured every day in 2020
Graphic: A young girl learns to walk with a prosthetic leg
A total of 1,213 civilians have been killed and 1,744 wounded in 880 separate incidents in the first six months of the year, the AIHRC reported.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has reported that on average 16 civilians have been killed or wounded every day across the country in the first half of 2020.
A total of 1,213 civilians have been killed and 1,744 others wounded in 880 separate incidents during the first six months of the year, according to the AIHRC's report on civilian casualties .
The AIHRC reported that a total of 297 women civilian casualties (126 killed, and 171 injured), compared to 301 women civilian casualties (113 killed, and 188 injured) over the same period in 2019.
Children civilian casualties (a total of 630; 225 killed and 405 injured) dropped by 33 percent compared to the first six months of 2019.
Peace is what Afghans demand. The AIHRC calls on warring parties to begin the Intra-Afghan peace talks while promoting justice and human rights.
The AIHRC said Taliban attacks were responsible for 48.5% of the recorded civilian casualties, followed by government forces (15.5%), the Islamic State (6.3%) and international forces (2.3%).
Attacks by unknown perpetrators accounted for 26.7% of the casualties.
Most of the casualties were from targeted killings, home-made bomb blasts such as roadside bombs or sticky bombs, rocket attacks, suicide attacks, ground battles, airstrikes and night raids, according to the report.
"All warring parties are urged not to harm civilians under any circumstances. According to international humanitarian law, the intentional killing or harming of civilians are clear examples of war crimes and crimes against humanity," the AIHRC said.
Date: 15 July 2020
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