Civilian casualties rise for 5th consecutive year in Afghanistan

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have risen for the last five years as the conflict there continues, according to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

UNAMA documented more than 3,000 civilian deaths in 2011, compared with 2,790 in 2010 and over 2,400 in 2009.

UNAMA's 2011 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict blames changes in the tactics used by those involved in the Afghan conflict for an eight per cent increase in civilian deaths.

Ján Kubiš, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country.

"Insurgent tactics of suicide attacks and the use of victim-activated pressure plate IEDs account for the majority of this toll. This is unacceptable and contradicts even the publicly declared ban on land mines by anti-government forces."

Over the past five years, the number of Afghan civilians killed in the armed conflict has increased each year, with a total of more than 11,864 civilian lives claimed by the conflict since 2007.

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