Government Airstrikes kill more civilians in Afghanistan – UN

Airstrikes and ground operations by government forces in Afghanistan killed more civilians than it did anti-government elements in the first six months of the year.

According to reports by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that while militants caused the majority of combined civilian deaths and injuries, pro-government forces killed more civilians.

Afghan security forces and foreign allies killed 717 civilians while militants killed 531. In total, 1,366 civilians were killed in the conflict, a 21-percent decrease on the same period last year.

However, the total number of people killed or injured by pro-government forces rose to 1,397, a 31 per cent increase, with search operations and airstrikes the main cause.

Civilian casualties caused by anti-government elements, including the Taliban and the Islamic State, totalled 1,968, a 43-percent decrease.

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