Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at record high: UN Mission

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A family struggles through a dusty environment in Afghanistan. Photo credit: UNAMA / Fraidoon Poya

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached record levels last year, according to the UN Mission there, UNAMA, on Monday.

The figure of 11,418 conflict-related casualties for 2016 includes a two-thirds increase in those killed or maimed by so-called "unexploded remnants of war" such as landmines, the vast majority of which were children.

The UN called on all parties to the conflict, including extremist Taliban fighters who were responsible for nearly two-thirds of casualties, to stop targeting civilian areas such as schools and mosques.

More details from Hamed Haleemi, in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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