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UN deplores record hight of civilian deaths in Afghanistan

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UN deplores record hight of civilian deaths in Afghanistan

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The first six months of this year were the deadliest for civilians in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict in 2001.

1,462 people died from January to June, a 15 percent increase on the same period last year according to a report by the UN.

Fewer people died as a result of attacks by government forces, but more people were killed in NATO air strikes.

They cost the lives of 79 people during the period in question – a fact which is fuelling anger among Afghans.

The report comes days before NATO is due to begin handing over responsibility for some provinces to Afghan security forces.