Greater than 10,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan’s struggle final yr, the UN introduced on Saturday. In keeping with the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 3,404 civilians have been killed and 6,989 have been injured in 2019.
Whereas the quantity was down 5% from 2018, it was nonetheless the sixth yr straight that the struggle triggered greater than 10,000 casualties, UNAMA stated.
The 5% drop in casualties was attributed to the lower in exercise by the native Islamic State affiliate in japanese Afghanistan, which was largely worn out final yr.
The UNAMA report stated there had been important fluctuations in violence all through 2019, coinciding with positive aspects and setbacks made throughout U.S.-Taliban negotiations.