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'Bloodletting in Iraq continues without let-up'

September 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

A total of 691 people were killed and another 1,016 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced.

The vast majority of those killed – 473 – were civilians and 218 were members of the Iraqi security forces, including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi army.

According to the casualties recorded for August, Baghdad was the worst affected area with 907 civilian casualties, including both those killed and injured. Ninewa, Kirkuk, Karbala, Salahadin and Diyala were also amongst those worst hit.


The UN report however did not take into account the casualty figures for the Anbar province.

The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq Ján Kubiš said: “The bloodletting in Iraq continues without let-up. Casualty figures remain too high and civilians again are bearing the brunt.”

“In the past few days, ISIS suicide bombers attack a wedding celebration in Ain Al-Tamr in Karbala province, killing or wounding many, and bombs went off in the capital Baghdad,” he adding using another acronym for Daesh.

“We strongly condemn these terrorist attacks and other acts of violence, reiterate our call on the parties to undertake every effort to safeguard the lives of civilians and urge Iraqis in general to show strength in unity in the face of this unrelenting violence.”