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Civilian casualties from airstrikes in Afghanistan up 39%, says UN

15 October 2018

The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by airstrikes rose by 39% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2017, according to a 10 October report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The mission documented 649 civilian casualties (313 deaths and 336 injured) resulting from aerial operations conducted by pro-government forces between 1 January and 30 September, stated the report, which attributed 51% of the casualties to international military forces, 38% to the Afghan Air Force, and the remaining 11% to pro-government forces where specific attribution could not be established.

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