Protection of civilians challenge for Afghanistan

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Mothers carrying children gather in the corridor of their apartment building in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Nearly 800 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan over the past three months, according to the UN.

Briefing the Security Council on Monday, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, said that the UN is continuing to support the country.

He said that there have been positive developments including the resumption of the work by the Lower House of Parliament and the resolution of the year-long dispute over election results.

However, Mr. Ladsous added, there is "a long way to go" on the protection of civilians.

"Civilian casualties remain at high levels, with nearly 800 civilian deaths over the last three month period. Dozens of innocent worshippers were killed on a single day in Kabul and Marar-e-Sharif on 6 December, an important religious day of commemoration. Such attacks deserve the strong condemnation they have received from the widest range of voices both inside and outside Afghanistan."

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