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Thousands killed in Iraq's violence in June: UN

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 16:30:17

BAGHDAD, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 2,417 Iraqis were killed and another 2,287 injured in terrorist attacks and violence in June, most civilians, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The statement said that 1,531 civilians, including civilian police personnel, and 886 members of the security forces were killed, while 1,763 civilians were wounded, in addition to 524 security members in terrorist and violent acts last month.

The UNAMI excluded the casualties in Anbar province which has witnessed fierce clashes flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year.

However, local health authorities in Anbar province said the total civilian casualties as of June 29 were 244 killed and 588 injured across the province.

"The staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for all to ensure that civilians are protected. As large parts of the country remain under the control of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) and armed groups, it is imperative that national leaders work together to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society," the statement quoted Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov as saying.

The Sunni Arabs have been carrying out wide-spread and regular protests since December 2012, complaining about injustice, marginalization, discrimination, double standards and politicization of the judicial system. They also accuse the Shiite- dominated security forces of indiscriminately arresting, torturing and killing.

Iraq have been witnessing its worst security conditions that began about three weeks ago when armed Sunni insurgents, spearheaded by ISIL, launched a surprise offensive that led to the debacle of Iraqi security forces, and the fallen of a large part of the country's northern and western territories.


Editor: Fu Peng
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