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Afghan civilian casualties up 31pc: UN
| Updated at: 1218 PST, Tuesday, August 10, 2010|
KABUL: Afghan civilian casualties rose by 31 percent in the first six months of 2010, with 1,271 people killed, the United Nations said Tuesday.
"Afghan civilian casualties have increased by 31 percent compared to the same period last year," said Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special envoy in Afghanistan.
"Thirty-one percent means what in civilian lives? It means... 1,271 civilians died, 1,991 were injured, most of them severely," he told a press conference in Kabul.
He said anti-government forces were responsible for three quarters of civilian casualties, up from just over half last year.