July 17,2018--Friends and relatives take part in funeral of a suicide attack victim in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, July 16, 2018. Up to 1,692 Afghan civilians were killed as a result of conflicts and terrorist attacks in the first half of this year, hitting a record high, a UN mission said on July 15, 2018. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah)
KABUL, July 17,2018-- Up to 1,692 Afghan civilians were killed as a result of conflicts and terrorist attacks in the first half of this year, hitting a record high, a UN mission said on Sunday.
"Latest figures released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show continuing record high casualty rates being inflicted on the Afghan civilian population by the warring parties" the UNAMA said in a statement citing its mid-year report.
"Covering the period Jan. 1 to June 30, findings include the killing of more civilians in the first six months of this year - 1,692 deaths - than at any comparable time over the last 10 years since records have been kept."
The UN mission started to monitor the situation of civilians and coordinate efforts to ensure their protection in 2009.
A total of 3,430 civilians were also wounded during the period.
The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements was the leading cause of civilian casualties.
"The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties," the statement said.
The ground engagements were the second leading cause of civilian casualties, followed by targeted and deliberate killings, aerial operations and explosive remnants of war, according to the report.