Afghanistan armed conflict claiming more civilian lives

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The number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded in the country's armed conflict has risen by a quarter in the first half of 2014, according to a report by the UN Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA.

Between January and June this year, 4,853 civilians casualties were documented, up from about 3,900 casualties over the same period in 2013.

The report says 1,564 civilians were killed and 3,289 were wounded.

Ground combat among parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan is listed as the leading cause of conflict related death and injury to Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2014.

United Nations representative in Afghanistan Jan Kubis says the nature of the conflict in the country is changing with an escalation of ground engagements in civilian populated areas.

The report says deaths and injuries caused by mortars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms increased dramatically as the frequency and intensity of these incidents increased in civilian areas.

UNAMA says women and children were bearing the brunt of the armed conflict in Afghanistan accounting for over 1,500 casualties.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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