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Afghanistan, ‘Deadliest Place to Be A Civilian’

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ICRC, International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday said in a tweet, that Afghanistan remains one of the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian.

“Afghanistan is one of the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian,” ICRC tweeted.

Adding to it, the committee said 17 million people in the country are highly affected by armed conflicts.

According to ICRC, almost 50% of the population in Afghanistan is influenced by the war.

Previously in November, ICRC said that Afghanistan remains the deadliest place for civilians, children, and women, Robert Mardini, Director General of the ICRC during his visit to Afghanistan called on all warring parties to do their best to protect and safeguard civilians from harm.

ICRC also added that civilians make up to half of the war casualties.

In a statement issued by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission on Monday, it is said that the Afghan government and Taliban urgently need to respond to the Afghan media demands for support, safety, protection, access to information, and timely investigations.

AIHRC stated, targeting journalists in the past few months delivered a negative impact on media across Afghanistan, and many female journalists have left their job.

Meanwhile, US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction reported quoting Resolute Support that at least 876 civilians were killed and a total of 1,685 were wounded from July 1 to Sept 2020.

SIGAR reported that there was a 43% increase in the casualties compared to the previous quarter (April-June).

This quarter’s high figures are notable because they occurred amidst the ongoing peace process.

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