Ground Report | New Delhi: Britain Army responsible; British forces have been linked to the deaths of 86 Afghan children and more than 200 adult civilians during the Afghanistan conflict. According to the figures revealed, on average, only £ 2,380 (Indian Rupees 2.40 lakhs) was compensated for each death at the hands of the British Army.
Throughout Britain’s presence in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2013, forces paid $944,348.80 in compensation for the deaths of at least 86 children and 203 adult civilians, according to Ministry of Defense compensation logs obtained by London-based charity Action on Armed Violence, or AOAV.
Significantly, in Afghanistan, there has been a renewed focus on the killings of civilians at the hands of Western forces. Especially since the US has admitted that 10 civilians, including seven children, were killed in its drone strike in Afghanistan last month – not Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) terrorists, as the US had previously claimed.
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During the same month, a 3-year-old child died of shock from a controlled explosion, marking the youngest recorded casualty. AOAV noted that compensation payments were “highly inconsistent” as one family received $804.79 for the death of their 10-year-old son in December 2009 and another family received $142.96 for certain death and property damage in Helmand province. were given.
Even according to records, in an incident in December 2009, the British Army had accidentally “shot dead” a family of four children with compensation of just £4,233.60, 4.27 lakh in today’s Indian currency.
Some compensation was about a hundred pounds. In February 2008 a family received only £104.17 (Rs 10.5 thousand) after a confirmed death and property damage at the hands of the British Army in Helmand province, while the parents received £586.42 for the death of their 10-year-old son in December 2009. (about 60 thousand rupees) was given.
Overall compensation figures show that the UK military paid £688,000 for 289 incidents of casualties between 2006 and 2013. This means the average compensation paid by the British Defense Ministry per civilian killed is £688,000. 2,380 (2.40 lakh).
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The Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) estimates that 20,390 civilians were killed or wounded by international and Afghan forces during the 20-year conflict – although this is a third of the number of civilians killed by the Taliban and other insurgents. Meanwhile, a total of 457 British soldiers were also killed inside Afghanistan in 20 years.
Most of the deaths due to compensation were in Helmand province and were not included in the figures provided by the charity, stating that the Afghan or US military was responsible for the deaths. (Britain Army responsible)
According to an AOAV analysis of reports by the United Nations, from 2007 to 2020 at least 20,930 civilians were killed or injured by international and Afghan forces, including nearly a third due to Taliban and other anti-government forces. Additionally, the AOAV reported that 457 British soldiers were killed from 2001 to 2020.