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The fruits of American bombs: 327 kids killed in Afghanistan so far in 2019, as civilian casualties of foreign forces rise

The fruits of American bombs: 327 kids killed in Afghanistan so far in 2019, as civilian casualties of foreign forces rise

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At least 3,812 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first half of this year, with 89 kids killed by airstrikes alone, a new UN report reveals. International forces were responsible for over 300 civilian deaths. Between January and June 2019, 1,366 civilians were killed, of whom at least 327 were children, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)’s report says. While the overall figure is down compared to last year’s record high, there has been a 31 percent increase in casualties caused by government and foreign forces, with 717 Afghan civilians killed. Ground raids and clashes were responsible for most civilian casualties, followed by air strikes and bombs. Airstrikes caused 519 civilian casualties, including 363 deaths – a 39 percent increase in airstrike casualties from the previous year, which the UN said highlights “the lethal character of this tactic.”
Source: The fruits of American bombs: 327 kids killed in Afghanistan so far in 2019, as civilian casualties of foreign forces rise

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