UNAMAUnited Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
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UNAMA said that the majority of the deceased appeared to be civilian shopkeepers working at the bazaar and civilian customers; of the 42 injured, at least 23 are civilian, including a woman and a girl.
0% more than in 2Q15, due to the consolidation of the recently acquired UnG and UNAMA, and the addition of students in the intake cycles for the second semester of 2014 and first semester of 2015.
Those responsible for suicide and complex attacks in civilian-populated areas can no longer shrug off the disproportionate harm to the civilian population they cause, Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of UNAMA, said.
Between 1 January and 31 March, UNAMA documented 266 civilian casualties (62 deaths and 204 injured) from mortars and rockets, up 43 per cent from the same period last year and accounting for half of civilian casualties from ground engagements.
Tanin welcome the renewal of UNAMA's mandate, but reminded the council that "today's Afghanistan is not compare able with the Afghanistan that UNAMA was established to support in 2002.
In its 2014 Mid-Year Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, prepared in coordination with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNAMA also noted that ground engagements and crossfire hit children and women with unprecedented force, with associated child casualties more than doubling in the first six months of 2014, and two-thirds more women killed and injured by ground engagements compared with 2013.
UNAMA called on both sides to protect civilians from harm, with increasing numbers of ordinary people injured in the crossfire as the Taliban and Afghan forces battle.
Georgette Gagnon, the head of human rights for UNAMA, said it was the first year the UN had tried to document civilian casualties from drones.
Protection of women during transition and in post-transition is critical as women are more vulnerable to insecurity and any breakdown in local rule of law," said Georgette Gagnon, Director of Human Rights for UNAMA.
MFA released a statement saying, "the news of the attack against the UNAMA during a demonstration that took place in the Balkh province in which 14 people including 7 UN personnel were killed and several others were wounded, have been received with profound sadness.
The UNAMA says that there were 2,412 civilians killed in 2009 compared with 2,118 killed in 2008.
UNAMA is a Special Political Mission directed and supported by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and funded by the UN regular budget.