A total of 1,662 civilian deaths were confirmed between 1 January and 30 June – an increase of 2% on the same period last year, according to UNAMA. The number of civilians injured in the same period fell 1% to 3,581.
The report documents 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Of these, 3,512 were children - 923 dead and 2,589 injured, up 24% on the previous highest recorded figure.
“The protection of women in conflict, the prevention of violence against women, the participation of women in conflict resolution and ... in preventing violent extremism are essential to sustainable peace,” said the UN.
More than 100 families affected by the recent fighting in the Kunduz area received a variety of food and non-food items, including water containers and bedding materials, distributed with the support of the UN and its partners.
Ground combat among parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan surpassed IEDs as the leading cause of conflict-related death and injury to civilians in the first six months of 2014, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.