KABUL  - At least 250 civilians have been killed or injured in rebel attacks and air strikes in Afghanistan in the past week, the Red Cross said Wednesday, urging all sides to respect humanitarian law. The incidents included separate military air strikes in two eastern provinces last week and a suicide car bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul on Monday that killed more than 40 people. "At least 250 civilians are reported to have been killed or injured in various incidents since 4 July," International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement, adding it "deplores" this high number. The figure was based on the committee's own count, a spokeswoman told AFP. "We call on all parties to the conflict, in the conduct of their military operations, to distinguish at all times between civilians and fighters and to take constant care to spare civilians," ICRC Kabul chief Franz Rauchenstein said. Meanwhile, lawmakers have warned that foreign troops led by NATO and the US military must exercise caution to avoid further civilian casualties while hunting militants in Afghanistan. Over the past week alone, several dozen civilians, among them women, children and a would-be groom, have been killed in separate air attacks by foreign troops, provincial officials say. The upper house of the parliament condemned civilian deaths in the latest operations on Tuesday, state-controlled media reported on Wednesday. "They should not act like the former Soviet Union did in Afghanistan," the house said in a statement, the Anis daily newspaper reported. The upper house stressed the need for coordination between the foreign and Afghan forces and lamented that repeated government calls for better cooperation to avoid civilian casualties had been ignored. Meanwhile, a marine commander said over 400 militants have been killed in a 10-week-old operation led by US Marines in a remote district of southern Afghanistan. Marines and British troops under NATO command in late April launched the operation in Garmser district, a desert area on the border with Pakistan described as an insurgent "logistics hub" and key opium-producing centre. Citing figures from Helmand province governor Gulab Mangal, the Marine commanding officer in Afghanistan told reporters in Kabul that more than 400 Taliban-linked rebels had been killed. "We were a little busy to count but having spoken with governor Mangal sometime afterwards, we believe the number is somewhere beyond 400 and I'm confident that his number is very correct," Colonel Peter Petronzio said.