Afghan civilian casualties hit record 11K in 2015


KABUL: The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN said in a new report Sunday, with children paying a particularly heavy toll as struggling Afghan forces faced a militant surge. There were 11,002 civilian casualties in 2015, 3,545 of them deaths, the UN said in the annual report on civilians in armed conflict, a four percent rise over the previous high in 2014. One in every four casualties was a child, with the report documenting a 14 percent increase in child casualties over the year. Women also paid a heavy price, with a 37 percent surge in female casualties. One in every ten casualties recorded was a woman, the report said.



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