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UN: Afghan civilian casualties rose 3 percent in 2016

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Afghan security personnel inspect the site of roadside bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. The U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan was released Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Afghan security personnel inspect the site of roadside bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. The U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan was released Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Human Rights Director Danielle Bell, left, speaks during a press conference with Tadamichi Yamamoto, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, for the release of the U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.  The mission  said the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. It said that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the mission documented 11,418 civilian casualties -- 3,498 deaths and 7,920 wounded. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Human Rights Director Danielle Bell, left, speaks during a press conference with Tadamichi Yamamoto, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, for the release of the U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The mission said the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. It said that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the mission documented 11,418 civilian casualties -- 3,498 deaths and 7,920 wounded. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Danielle Bell, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, Human Rights Director holds a copy of the U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.  The mission  said the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. It said that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the mission documented 11,418 civilian casualties -- 3,498 deaths and 7,920 wounded. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Danielle Bell, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, Human Rights Director holds a copy of the U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The mission said the number of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016. It said that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the mission documented 11,418 civilian casualties -- 3,498 deaths and 7,920 wounded. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of civilian casualties in the country's conflict rose by 3 percent in 2016.

The U.N. 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan was released Monday. It says that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the mission documented 11,418 civilian casualties — 3,498 deaths and 7,920 wounded.

That marked a 2-percent decrease in civilian deaths and a 6-percent increase in civilians wounded, amounting to an overall 3-percent increase in casualties compared to 2015.

In 2016, the mission documented record numbers of civilian casualties from ground engagements, suicide and complex attacks and explosive remnants of war, as well as the highest number of civilian casualties caused by aerial operations since 2009.