The United Nations on Monday called on insurgent groups in Afghanistan to curb attacks on civilians after more than 5,000 non-combatants were killed or wounded in the first six months of 2017, told Reuters.
The war in Afghanistan killed at least 1,662 civilians and wounded 3,581 in the first half of the year, roughly similar to the toll in the same period in 2016, U.N. investigators said in a statement released on Monday.
Deaths and injuries from suicide-bombings and other “complex attacks” rose 15 percent, with at least 40 percent of all civilian casualties caused by anti-government groups using improvised explosives, including along roadsides, Reuters added.
“The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan – loss of life, destruction and immense suffering – is far too high,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
“The continued use of indiscriminate, disproportionate and illegal improvised explosive devices is particularly appalling and must immediately stop.”
“Each one of these casualty figures reflects a broken family, unimaginable trauma and suffering, and the brutal violation of people’s human rights,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein.
“The continuing national tragedy of Afghanistan must not be overlooked.”