AIHRC: 212 Civilian Casualties From IED Explosions In A Month

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said that 212 civilians were killed and injured in 59 roadside mine explosions and due to magnetic mines in the past month, which was a 11% increase compared to the month before.

The rights commission released their findings on Tuesday, that 97 people have been killed, including 11 women and 13 children, while another 115 have been wounded in such explosions from Jul. 22 to Aug. 21.

“We call on the warring parties to respect International Humanitarian Law principles of distinction, proportionality and necessity,” AIHRC tweeted.

The commission also reported a 11% increase in civilian casualties from the monitoring period in the previous month where 191 civilians were killed or wounded.

The AIHRC urged the warring parties, especially the “armed anti-government forces” to strictly refrain from blind military tactics that cannot distinguish between military and civilian targets.

The commission also called tactics which target government officials, political activists, civil society activists, human rights defenders and religious scholars who have no direct role in the conflict, a war crime.

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