The variety of deaths and accidents recorded throughout Might and June alone was 2,392, nearly as excessive as the overall for the previous 4 months, when 2,791 casualties had been recorded.
UNAMA stated 2021 can be the deadliest yr for Afghan civilians since its data started until pressing motion was taken to deal with violence within the nation.
The report added that it was “sickening” that just about half of all casualties had been girls and kids, who’ve been killed and injured in document numbers this yr. Some 32% of casualties had been kids, whereas 14% had been girls — with a mixed complete of 687 useless and 1,722 injured.
“I implore the Taliban and Afghan leaders to take heed of the battle’s grim and chilling trajectory and its devastating impression on civilians,” Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-Basic’s Particular Consultant for Afghanistan, stated in a press launch. She added that “unprecedented numbers of Afghan civilians will perish and be maimed this yr if the growing violence isn’t stemmed.”
A spokesman for the Afghan Safety and Protection Forces rejected the report’s findings relating to civilians casualties in a press convention on Monday, based on state owned TV channel RTA. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid additionally rejected the UNAMA report in an announcement on Monday.
Violence has surged throughout the nation in latest months after the Taliban launched a sweeping assault simply days after US forces started pulling out after almost 20 years in Afghanistan.
The US has responded by ramping up American airstrikes in assist of Afghan forces in latest days, and a high US common stated that might proceed.
The US navy carried out two strikes towards Taliban targets on Thursday in assist of Afghan forces in Kandahar province, a number of IS protection officers stated. Three of the final 4 strikes by the US focused captured gear, one protection official stated, together with gear transferred to Afghan forces that the Taliban then captured because it superior all through the nation.
“America has elevated air strikes within the assist of Afghan forces during the last a number of days, and we’re ready to proceed this heightened degree of assist within the coming weeks if the Taliban proceed their assaults,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of US Central Command, advised reporters in Kabul on Sunday.
CNN’s Samantha Beech contributed to this report.