ICRC: 1000s of Afghans
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ICRC: 1000s of Afghans Become Victims of Unexploded Ordnance Every Year

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said that thousands of people have become victims of mines and unexploded ordnance every year in Afghanistan. “It’s vital to clear these weapons out,” the Committee noted.

Posting a portrait of Younus, the ICRC said he lost his legs in a mine explosion a year earlier in the eastern Khost province. “He was fitted with prosthesis in our physical rehabilitation centre in #Kabul,” the ICRC added.

Land mines and unexploded ordnance have inflected huge casualties over the past decades in Afghanistan. Still, a large number of civilians fall victim to the explosions of land mines and unexploded ordnance in different parts of the country.

Nearly 606 square kilometers of Afghanistan is said to be contaminated by explosive ordnance.

The ICRC had described landmines and explosive ordnance as “a serious threat” against Afghanistan’s people.

The casualties of these weapons have increased since the beginning of this year, the Committee added.