The United Nations says civilian injuries in Afghanistan’s long war with the Taliban rose last year, with women and children again bearing the brunt of the violence.
In a report released Sunday, the U.N. says a total of 3,545 civilians were killed in 2015 as a result of the war. Another 7,457 were wounded, it says.
The figures mark a 4-percent drop in civilian deaths, but a 9-percent rise in civilian injuries, compared to 2014.
The U.N.’s Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said 2015 had the “highest number of total civilian casualties recorded by UNAMA since 2009.”
It also said that 10 percent of civilian casualties were women, up 37 percent from the year before. It says 25 percent were children, up 14 percent.
SOURCE: The Associated Press