Afghan civilian casualties hit new high: UN

The United Nations says civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s conflict have hit a record high for the seventh year running. Children made up a large proportion of the dead and wounded.

The United Nations reported on Sunday that 11,002 civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015, a 4 percent rise in comparison with the year before.

It said that 3,545 of these were fatalities. “The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable,” said Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.