UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported that at least 1,700 people, including nearly 1,200 children, have been killed during acts of violence and terrorism in July, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here Friday.
Dujarric told reporters at a daily news briefing, quoting new casualty figures for July released by the UNAMI.
UNAMI said in a statement that 1,186 civilians, including 106 civilian policemen, and 551 Iraqi security forces personnel were killed, while 1,511 civilians, including 177 civilian policemen, were wounded. An additional 467 security members were wounded in terrorist and violent acts in July.
"The (UN) secretary-general's special representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, is concerned about the rising number of civilian casualties, including children and women, who remain the most vulnerable," the spokesman said.
Mladenov also called on all sides to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians and respect for international humanitarian law.
Baghdad was the worst affected governorate followed by Salahadin, Ninewa, Kirkuk, Babil and Diyala. Data from Ramadi and other areas of Anbar are currently not available, said the spokesman.
Iraq has been witnessing some of the worst violence in years. Terrorism and violence have killed 5,576 civilians in Iraq in the first half of this year, with 11,666 more wounded, according to a recent UN report.