A report, released by the UN mission in Afghanistan on July 9, states that more Afghans, especially women and children, are increasingly being killed or injured as a result of a surge in ground combat as opposed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“The nature of the conflict in Afghanistan is changing in 2014 with an escalation of ground engagements in civilian populated areas,” said Jan Kubis, the United Nations mission chief in Afghanistan.
The United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reports the number of civilian causalities at 4853, including 1564 deaths and 3289 injuries. The report — 2014 Mid-Year Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict — attributed 74 percent of civilian casualties to Taliban and other anti-government forces. Nine percent of the deaths were ascribed to Afghan and NATO- led forces, five percent were caused mainly by explosive remnants of war, while 12 percent were unattributed.
The report comes at a time when Afghanistan faces a stalemate over the presidential elections even as the NATO combat troops prepare to leave the violence-torn country later in 2014.
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