Civilian causalities on the rise as violence intensifies
At least 15 civilians were killed and 127 others wounded over the last three days in the southern cities of Kandahar and Lashkar Gah, UNAMA tweeted today, Tuesday, August 03.
UNAMA stressed that civilian casualties were much higher than the number recorded over the last three days. People live in fear in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, thousands of families have been displaced as the Taliban are mounting attacks.
The Taliban ground attacks and the airstrikes by Afghan air forces have caused the most damages to civilians. “Deep concerns about indiscriminate shooting, & damage to/occupation of health facilities & civilian homes. Parties must do more to protect civilians or impact will be catastrophic,” UNAMA said.
It has been almost a week that the cities of Lashkar Gah and Kandahar have been witnessing clashes between the government forces and the Taliban. The Taliban has launched offensive to make more territorial gains.
With violence intensifying, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced on Monday, August 02, that a large number of civilians were wounded in clashes in Lashkar Gah. MSF warned that MSF local staff have locked themselves in their houses, fearing that they might lose their lives in clashes.