Friday, July 31, 2009

1,013 Afghan civilian killed in 2009

Afghan civilian deaths in the aboriginal six months of 2009 rose 24 percent, compared to the aforementioned aeon aftermost year, the UN appear Friday, blaming air strikes and guerrilla warfare for abounding of the casualties.
'As the battle intensifies and spreads, it is demography an added abundant assessment on civilians,' the UN said in a twice-annual review, acquainted that anniversary year added caught bodies were actuality killed.
Armed action groups were amenable for 59 percent of the 1,013 civilian deaths, UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) abstracts showed. Afghan aegis units and the all-embracing aggressive armament were to accusation for 30.5 percent. Some cases were unclear.
UNAMA said this was a acceleration in the allotment of deaths for which the militants were accountable.
A about-face in approach was additionally detected, as the affront switched from aboveboard or ambuscade attacks on all-embracing forces, to guerrilla blazon activities. These accommodate alleged 'asymmetric attacks' such as suicide, car and road-side bombs, which are the capital account of civilian deaths in the conflict.
The militants were additionally 'basing themselves in civilian areas so as to advisedly becloud the acumen amid combatants and civilians', the address said.
This was acceptable an 'active policy' to draw 'a aggressive acknowledgment to areas area there is a aerial likelihood that civilians will be dead or injured'.
In 40 monitored air-strikes agitated out by the bunch forces, some 200 civilians absent their lives, authoritative it their best baleful adjustment of action employed.
Night-time raids and added chase and access operations by official Afghan and all-embracing armament included letters of 'excessive use of force' which allegedly resulted in civilian deaths.
While the all-embracing aggressive armament accept accustomed a 'high priority' to minimising the war's appulse on civilians, the UN said it was still anxious about the 'the akin of transparency' and the alertness to allotment advice with the mission.
The UN mission has appear an assay of civilian deaths in Afghanistan back 2007.

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