Civilian Protection Advocacy Group: Civilian Causalities Doubled in Ramadan

Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) said that civilian causalities have doubled during Ramadan and children have suffered huge casualties.

In a report released on Sunday, Civilian Protection Advocacy Group says that the figures of civilian casualties again surged in 23 provinces of the country.
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The report added that, civilian fatalities increased by almost double in May, the month which mostly corresponds with the holy month of Ramadan 2019, compared to the figures in March.

529 civilians have been killed or injured in May which is double compared to civilian fatalities in March, according to CPAG figures.

The organization’s statistics show that 189 innocent people have been killed and 340 others injured with most of the casualties registered in Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Ghazni and Helmand provinces.

Children suffered huge casualties as 33 of them were killed and 34 others injured in May compared the fatalities rate in previous months.

In May, 13 women were killed and 9 others injured which shows a surge in women victims of war. Most of the casualties are caused by landmines, suicide attack, explosions and targeted killing, in which 260 civilians were killed or wounded.

The report said that airstrikes are the second major cause of fatalities. Noncombatants suffer as 68 of the people were killed or injured in May, as per CPAG report.

People expected that the conflict would abate during Ramadan, but rather, it was intensified and has caused huge civilian losses.

In the report CPAG urged the warring sides to be careful to civilian lives and put an end to the humanitarian tragedy in the country.

The group also voiced their concern on UN and other human rights organizations to press the warring sides to reduce civilian losses and urged the national and the international media to focus more on covering civilian losses in the Afghan conflict

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