UN chief Guterres condemned ‘alarming level’ of grave violations committed by all parties against children [Hoshang Hashimi/AFP]

Worsening security across Afghanistan has led to 14,000 violations against children in the past four years, including nearly 3,500 killed and 9,000 injured, a UN report said.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned “the alarming level” of grave violations committed by all sides in the 18-year war and the fact that children “continue to bear the brunt of the armed conflict”.

Of serious concern, he said, was the nearly 12,600 children verified to have been killed or injured in 2015-2018 represented almost one-third of all civilian casualties.

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That was “an increase of 82 percent in child casualties compared with the previous four years”, he said.

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