U.N. condemns killing of Afghan civilians

The United Nations and its mission in Afghanistan condemned the recent killing of Afghan civilians on Wednesday.

The most recent event was a roadside bomb that killed at least 18 civilians. Among the dead were eight women and children and two men. The attack took place in the Obeh district of Afghanistan, which is located in the western province of Herat.

Civilian deaths are an ongoing issue in Afghanistan. Tactics like roadside bombs and suicide bombers kill numerous civilians. From January 1, 2013 to June 6, 2013 there have been 3,092 civilians wounded or killed in attacks, an increase of 24 percent from the same time last year.

"I am deeply disturbed at the continued killing of Afghan civilians by improvised explosive devices," Nicholas Haysom, the secretary-general's deputy special representative in Afghanistan, said.

The U.N. called for all parties in the conflict to end actions that could end in civilian death or injuries, as failing to distinguish between civilians and military targets is in direct violation of international humanitarian law. A plea was also made for both sides to respect the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

The U.N. expressed its sympathies to the families of those killed in the actions.