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KABUL: Afghanistan has been placed among top deadliest countries in the world for civilians, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement.

It has been estimated that 50 percent of the country’s population contributes 17 million people living in a highly armed affected environment.

The violence in Afghanistan has been on the raise since the government and Taliban set on talks in Qatari capital of Doha to confer the agendas of the intra-Afghan negotiations – which are currently paused after both sides decided to take a break to consult the agendas of the talks with the leaderships.

Earlier, Costs of War, a human rights organization based in Rhode Island reported that after the U.S. has decided to relax its rules of engagement for airstrikes in Afghanistan, the number of the Afghan civilian casualties increased by 330 percent from 2016 to 2019.

The report said that the Afghan war parties escalated violence to gain leverage in the peace negotiations. “The data demonstrates that, compared to the previous 10 years, there was a 95 percent increase in civilians killed by U.S. and allied forces’ airstrikes between 2017 and 2019.”

The uptick in violence irked the Afghans people and the international partners, asking on both sides to reduce violence around the country and give peace a chance.