The number of civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached a record level, especially a sharp increase in violence occurred in May against the background of the withdrawal of foreign forces, according to a report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
“Losses (killed and wounded) in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record values, including a sharp increase in murders and injuries since May, when the withdrawal of international armed forces began, and fighting intensified after the offensive of the (radical movement) Taliban. The number of civilian casualties was 5,183 (1,659 killed and 3,254 wounded), which is 47% more than in the same period in 2020,” the mission’s report on the results of the first half of 2021 reports.
As noted, “the UN warns that without a significant de-escalation of violence in Afghanistan, the largest number of documented civilian casualties per year may be recorded in 2021” since the mission began counting.
According to the UN mission, from May to June, there was a sharp increase in the number of killed and wounded in Afghanistan, 783 and 1609, respectively.
The report also notes that 32% of the killed and wounded civilians are children, 14% are women. This is the highest indicator for the same period.
Anti-Government elements continue to be responsible for the majority of civilian casualties (64%), while pro-Government forces are responsible for about 25%.
Earlier in April, UNAMA reported that the number of civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan in the first quarter of 2021 increased by almost 30% compared to the same period last year.