An injured boy sits on a bed following an attack, at a hospital in Ghazni city, Afghanistan May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
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Afghanistan's war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday.The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said ground combat was the leading cause of conflict-related deaths and injuries to Afghan civilians, with child casualties more than doubling in the first six months of 2014 .It said that from January 1 to June 30 it documented 4,853 civilian casualties, up 24 percent from the same period in 2013 . The death toll included 1,564 civilian deaths, up 17 percent, and 3,289 injuries, up 28 percent.Total child casualties jumped 34 percent to 1,071, including 295 killed and 776 injured, while total women casualties increased 24 percent to 440, it said.
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