Teheran, 28 Jumadil Awal 1434/9 April 2013 (MINA) – The United Nations says the number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan has dramatically increased in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesperson Nilab Mobarez raised the alarm on the civilian causalities on Monday, according to Press TV reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Tuesday (9/4).
Mobarez did not reveal the exact numbers of those killed or injured, but called on all parties involved in the war to stop harming civilians.
She made the remarks after the latest US airstrike killed eleven children and two women in Afghanistan’s volatile Kunar province late on Saturday.
Last week, four Afghan policemen and two civilians lost their lives in another airstrike launched by US-led forces in eastern Ghazni province.
Many civilians have lost their lives in US-led operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past decade, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly assaults.
Washington claims that its airstrikes target guerrillas, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.
The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 11 years, the foreign troops have not been able to establish security in the country. (T/P09/P03)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)