More than 1,500 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan in July – UN

According to UNAMA in a report, the number of documented civilian casualties is the highest of any month this year as well as the highest in a single month since May 2017.

The main driver, the report said, was a sharp rise in civilian casualties due to increased militant attacks in urban areas against military installations.

The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said in the report that the use of improvised explosive devices accounted for more than 50 per cent of the casualties.

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The agency further said that it remained “gravely concerned by the harm done to civilians.”

“I call on all parties not to ramp up military operations thinking that doing so will give them a stronger position in talks about peace.”

The report was published just hours before a possibly crucial round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban was set to be held in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The talks are aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.

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The UN had said in a report on Tuesday that in total, 1,366 civilians were killed in the conflict between Jan. 1 and June 30, a 21-per-cent decrease on the same period last year.

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