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UNAMA PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations concerned over killing of civilians in Kunar province

KABUL, 8 April 2013 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its serious concern over the deaths of at least 11 civilians, including 10 children and one woman, and injuries to seven others, in an armed clash during a joint Afghan-NATO operation against the Taliban which took place recently in the Shaigal Wa Shiltan district of the eastern province of Kunar.

UNAMA urgently renews its call on all parties engaged in military operations to be mindful always of their obligations to protect civilians and to prevent civilian casualties. The Afghan National Security Forces and the international military forces should take all measures aimed at preventing harm to civilians during military operations, including those which involve the use of aerial force.

UNAMA expresses its heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this incident and wishes a speedy recovery for those injured.

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