Nearly 900 people killed in Iraq in November says UN

Baghdad, Dec 1 (IANS) At least 888 Iraqis were killed and 1,237 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in November across Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said that a total of 489 civilians, including 28 civilian policemen, and 399 security members, were killed, while 869 other civilians, including 49 civilian policemen, and 368 security members, were wounded, Xinhua reported.

The UNAMI excluded the casualties in Anbar province where fierce clashes are underway between the Iraqi forces and the Islamic State militant group which has seized most of the province.

“In general, the UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas,” it said, adding “The figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.”

It added that there are an unknown number of people who died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicine and health care.

According to the statement, Iraqi capital of Baghdad was the worst affected province with 1,110 civilian casualties, including 325 killed and 785 injured, while the provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahudin and Diyala followed in the list.

“The Iraqi people continue to suffer from this vicious circle of violence, which has affected all walks of life in this country, ” the statement said, quoting UN envoy for Iraq and UNAMI chief Jan Kubis as saying.

“The United Nations deplores the continuing loss of life resulting from acts of terrorism and armed conflict in Iraq,” Kubis said.

A month ago, UNAMI put the toll of casualties in October at 714 people killed and 1,269 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence across the country.

Iraq is currently witnessing a wave of violence since the IS terrorist group took control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions in June 2014.

Earlier, an UNAMI report estimated about 14,136 civilians were killed and 29,189 others wounded in the armed conflict in Iraq since Jan. 1, 2014 to the end of April 2015.

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