According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,466 Iraqis were killed and another 1,687 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June 2015*.
The number of civilians killed was 665 (including 94 civilian police and 136 in Anbar), and the number of civilians injured was 1,032 (including 104 civilian police and 163 in Anbar).
A further 801 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army / Not including casualties from Anbar Operations) were killed and 655 were injured.
Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 974 civilian casualties (324 killed, 650 injured). Diyala suffered 87 killed and 157 injured, while Salahadin suffered 75 killed and 52 injured; Ninewa 27 killed and Zero injured; and Kirkuk 07 killed and 08 injured.
According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 299 civilian casualties (136 killed and 163 injured).
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš said:
“The cycle of violence relentlessly continues in Iraq and civilians are bearing the brunt of it.
“The terrorists of the so called ISIL and sectarian extremists are largely responsible for this violence which has affected all aspects of life in Iraq.
“I call upon all the Iraqi political leaders to come together and find a peaceful political solution to the existential problems that are facing Iraq and its people."
*CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. Figures for casualties from Anbar Governorate are provided by the Health Directorate and are noted above. Casualty figures obtained from the Anbar Health Directorate might not fully reflect the real number of casualties in those areas due to the increased volatility of the situation on the ground and the disruption of services. In some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care. For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.
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