Afghan civilian war injuries double in Kandahar conflict


Peter Beaumont
Uruknet
October 14, 2010

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The number of Afghan civilians hospitalised for serious war wounds has doubled in 12 months in Kandahar, the focus of an ongoing US-led campaign against Taliban strongholds.

In August and September, Mirwais regional hospital in the country’s second biggest city admitted almost 1,000 new patients with weapons injuries, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The total for the same period of 2009 was 500.

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The Red Cross reported a “drastic increase” in the number of amputations from war injuries, reflecting the nature of the violence.

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