The UN has reported an increase in the number of victims of air strikes in Afghanistan

© AP Photo / Osamu HondaЗдание the UN in new York. Archival photoThe UN has reported an increase in the number of victims of air strikes in Afghanistan© AP Photo / Osamu Honda

The number of victims of air strikes among the local population in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year increased by more than 50% compared to the same period in 2016, according to a quarterly report of the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

«During the first nine months of 2017, the mission has recorded 466 civilian casualties (205 killed and 261 injured), an increase of 52% in the number of civilian casualties from air strikes compared to the same period in 2016,» — said in the report. It is noted that the largest number of casualties among women and children.

However, according to the report, the total number of civilian casualties decreased in comparison with the previous year.

«From 1 January to 30 September 2017 8019 UNAMA recorded civilian casualties (2640 5379 dead and wounded), representing an overall reduction in civilian casualties by 6%,» the report reads.

The United States began military operations in Afghanistan against insurgents of movement «Taliban»* and the group «al Qaeda» in 2001, after the terrorist attacks of September 11. In Iraq, the operation was launched in 2003, it ended with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

*A terrorist group banned in Russia

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