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Nearly 800 killed in Iraq in May due to terrorism, violence: UN mission

English.news.cn   2014-06-03 07:21:36

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has reported that at least 799 Iraqis were killed and an estimated 1,400 others injured in May alone due to acts of terrorism and violence in the country, a UN spokesman said here Monday.

"The majority of those killed and injured have been civilians," Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here, adding that the worst-hit city was Baghdad.

The figure, which was higher than UN estimates, excluded casualties in embattled Anbar province, where the Iraqi army has been fighting tribal groups.

The UN Mission in Iraq was working with the parties to resolve a host of problems, including fighting in some areas and the redirection of water supplies, he added.

The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned the attacks and urged political leaders to work swiftly to form an inclusive government within the constitutionally mandated time frame and to find a sustainable solution to the situation in Anbar.

Briefing the UN Security Council in March, Mladenov, who is also the head of UNAMI, said the crisis in Anbar province posed the most serious challenge to the government's efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State.

Since the start of the year, more than 66,000 families were displaced by the fighting, and an increasing number of families were uprooted in the months prior by attacks carried out by Al- Qaida-linked militants.

Editor: Yang Yi
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