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Since the Taliban's control, more than 1,000 Afghan civilians have died: UN

According to the UNAMA report, there have been 3,774 civilian casualties, including 1,095 civilian fatalities due to armed conflict since August 2021.

Despite a marked decrease in losses compared to prior years of war and armed conflict, the United Nations claims it recorded a considerable number of civilians killed and wounded in strikes in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control.

1,095 civilians were killed and 2,679 were injured between August 15, 2021 and May of this year, according to a report released recently by the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Approximately over 700 people died as a result of improvised explosive devices, mostly suicide attacks in marketplaces, schools, and mosques.

Although violent conflict has drastically decreased since the Taliban gained control as the NATO-supported force collapsed, security threats still exist, particularly from ISIL (ISIS), according to a UN assessment.

According to the UNAMA, the Taliban are mostly to blame for attacks, albeit there have been fewer violent incidents recently. According to the report, "UNAMA's figures highlight not only the ongoing harm to civilians caused by such attacks but also an increase in the lethality of suicide attacks since 15 August 2021, with a smaller number of attacks resulting in a greater number of civilian casualties."

According to UNAMA, explosive attacks were responsible for more than 1,700 casualties, including wounded. The ruling

Taliban claims to be focused on securing the nation and has recently conducted many raids against ISIL cells. The Taliban-run foreign ministry responded to the UN report by claiming that Afghanistan had experienced security issues during the war for decades before the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan came to power and the situation improved.

Taliban (Photo by Shafiullah KAKAR / AFP)

It read, "Security forces of the Islamic Emirate oblige themselves to ensure the security of the citizens and take prompt action on uprooting the terrorists' safe havens."

The UN report stated that there was a national financial and economic crisis at the time of the attacks. Afghans are finding it difficult to obtain "medical, financial and psychosocial support" under the present Taliban-led government, the report claimed, as a result of a dramatic decline in donor funds since the takeover.

Despite early assurances in 2021 of a more moderate regime, the Taliban imposed strict regulations after capturing control of the nation. It prohibited Afghan women from working for non-governmental organizations and the UN, as well as from participating in public life and continuing their education past the sixth grade. The policies are reminiscent of those enforced by the Taliban during their previous control of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, which also imposed their stringent interpretation of Islamic law.

The UN and the rest of the world have not formally acknowledged the Taliban government.

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