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The United Nations denounced the increase in civilian casualties by the Taliban and Afghan forces in April

May 19, 2020

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) this Tuesday denounced the increase in civilian casualties in April in both Taliban and Afghan armed forces operations and criticized the lack of respect from all parties. in the conflict in the Asian country over international law.

According to UNAMA, the Taliban are responsible for 208 civilian casualties in April, an increase of 25 percent compared to the same month in 2019 and a similar level to March. Afghan security forces lagged 172 civilian casualties last month, up 38 percent from April 2019 and 37 percent from the previous month.

“The United Nations is deeply concerned about the increase in harm to civilians and the surprising deterioration in respect for international humanitarian law parties, which is reflected in the shocking recent attacks on healthcare facilities and threats to health workers. All possible precautions have been taken, if air strikes and the use of large amounts of explosives were carried out in areas populated by civilians, “said UNAMA in a statement.

The United Nations denounced the increase in civilian casualties by the Taliban and Afghan forces in April
The United Nations denounced the increase in civilian casualties by the Taliban and Afghan forces in April

In this spirit, the representative of the UN Secretary General in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, has called for “to stop fighting and to respect the parties’ humanitarian law, which applies to the protection of civilians”.