More than 2,000 people in Iraq have been killed or sustained injuries due to terror attacks, violence and armed conflicts during the last month, a United Nations report says.
According to a Tuesday statement by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 888 Iraqis were killed and 1,237 others wounded across the war-stricken country in November.
“The civilian death toll stood at 489 dead, while the number of wounded civilians reached 869, including 49 wounded from the federal police. The losses in the ranks of the armed security forces amounted to 399 dead, including elements of the Peshmerga and al-Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) fighters, while the total number of the injured among the armed forces amounted to 368 wounded,” the statement further read.
The UN report added that the casualty figures did not include those killed or injured in Anbar province, where it could not collect or verify data.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since June 2014, when the Daesh launched its activities and captured portions of Iraqi territory.
Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.
“The Iraqi people continue to suffer from this vicious circle of violence, which has affected all walks of life in this country. The United Nations deplores the continuing loss of life resulting from acts of terrorism and armed conflict in Iraq,” the statement said, citing Ján Kubiš, the UN special envoy to Iraq and the UNAMI chief, as saying.
UNAMI’s earlier report had put the October casualties at 714 dead and 1,269 injured.