The ongoing violence in Afghanistan has resulted in a record number of casualties in the first 6 months of 2021. The UN report states that during this time 1 thousand 659 people died and 3 thousand 254 people were injured. This is 47% more than the casualties during the same period last year. Anti-Government Elements (AGE) 64%, Taliban 39%, Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP) 9% and unknown organizations 16%
According to the report, in the first 6 months of 2021, about half of all these casualties were women and children. Of those killed, 32 percent are children, of which 468 are children and 1214 children have been injured. Among the dead, 14 percent are women, of whom 219 are there, while the number of injured is 508. 95 percent of the withdrawal of US-NATO troops has been completed and they will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by August 31.
The report revealed that there was an increase in the number of casualties here in May-June. The number of dead and injured in the violence in these two months is equal to the number from January to April. In fact, this month foreign forces went out of Afghanistan, due to which the violence here increased significantly.
It said that most of the violence in May and June took place on the outskirts of the city. Had the army acted in time, the casualties could have been reduced. The UN has warned that this year's casualties could reach record numbers if violence in Afghanistan does not subside.
UN official Deborah Lyon said that Afghan leaders and the Taliban will have to intensify efforts to resolve the issue through dialogue. At the same time, the Afghans will have to stop fighting among themselves. He expressed hope that soon the situation will return to normal.
The Taliban have taken control of many parts of Afghanistan in recent times. It has also strengthened its hold on the borders with many neighboring countries and remains in danger of capturing many provincial capitals.
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