Over 1,000 Iraqis killed in recent surge of violence

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Iraqi Christians light candles inside a shrine in the grounds of Mazar Mar Eillia (Mar Elia) Catholic Church, that has now become home to hundreds of Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee their homes as the Islamic State advanced earlier this year, on Dec. 12, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

ARA News 

ERBIL – A total of 1,003 Iraqis were killed in September, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Another 1,159 Iraqis were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

“The number of civilians killed in September was 609 […] and the number of civilians injured was 951 […],” the UNAMI reported.

“A total of 394 members of the Iraqi Security Forces [including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations] were killed and 208 were injured,” it added.

According to UNAMI, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate where 289 civilians were killed, while 838 were injured. Also, in Nineveh 42 people were killed and 55 injured; in Salahadin 23 were killed and 10 injured; in Kirkuk 23 were killed and 9 injured and in Babil 2 were Killed and 4 injured.

According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 254 civilian casualties.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), said: “It is a very sad state of affairs that the numbers of Iraqis killed and injured remains very high and unacceptable. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence.”

“The holy month of Muharram has started and I sincerely hope that the killings will stop during this month,” Kubiš added.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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