According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 888 Iraqis were killed and another 1,237 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in November 2015*.
The number of civilians killed was 489 (including 28 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police and fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 869 (including 49 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police and fire department).
A further 399 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 368 were injured.
“The Iraqi people continue to suffer from this vicious circle of violence, which has affected all walks of life in this country,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš.
“The United Nations deplores the continuing loss of life resulting from acts of terrorism and armed conflict in Iraq,” he added.
Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,110 civilian casualties (325 killed, 785 injured), Ninewa had 109 killed and 41 injured, while Kirkuk 14 killed and 23 injured, Salahadin 21 killed and 08 injured, and Diyala 16 killed and 11 injured.
* CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. UNAMI could not obtain the casualty figures for the month of November from Anbar. 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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