MOSCOW, Jan. 03 (Press Shia Agency) – According to United Nations, almost 7,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of terrorism and armed conflict in the country throughout 2016.
Almost 7,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of terrorism and armed conflict in the country throughout 2016, the United Nations said Tuesday.
The figure omits casualties in the Anbar province for May, July, August and December as the Anbar Health Department did not provide the relevant data.
The last month of 2016 saw the least number of civilian casualties except June, with 385 people killed, excluding police casualties. Almost 1,000 died in November and over 1,000 in October. The number of those injured came to 1,060 in December.
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis noted in the UNAMI statement that the December casualty figure was low, but stressed that terrorist attacks increased toward the end of the month.
Kubis also noted Monday’s deadly attacks in Baghdad, which the ISIL claimed responsibility for. Monday’s suicide bombing at a local market in Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated Sadr City killed at least 35 people and wounded 60, while a car bomb in the center of the city killed and wounded 7 people, and an explosion near Jawadir hospital killed 11 people.
Iraq has been gripped by violence since mid-2014, when the ISIL took over vast swathes of the country after invading from neighboring war-torn Syria. The terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia, took over Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul as well as most of the Anbar province.
The Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul has been ongoing since October 17. The offensive is led by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi soldiers backed by the US-led anti-terror coalition.
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