Iraq: UN reports at least 1,119 killed in September; actual figure likely higher

1 October 2014

At least 1,119 Iraqis – most of them civilians – were killed in September, the United Nations in the country today reported, but cautioned that the figure does not include people killed in the ongoing operation in Anbar, or those who died from the heat or hunger after being forced to flee violence in their cities.

The UN Assistance Mission (UNAMI) has received, but been unable to verify, “reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care,” according to a statement.

As a result, the figures presented should be considered an “absolute minimum,” according to the Mission.

Of those numbers, at least 854 people were civilians and 265 members of the Iraqi security forces.

The worst affected Governorate was Baghdad, where 352 people were killed and 983 injured.

An additional 1,604 Iraq civilians were injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. A further 342 people were injured.

In a Security Council meeting last month, the 15 Members strongly condemned attacks by terrorist organizations including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and urged UN Member States to assist the Iraqi Government’s efforts to combat militants and implement its new political agenda.

Also that day, Nickolay Mladenov, head of UNAMI briefed the Council on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressing that Iraq’s new Government will need international support as it works to restore security to large parts of the country.

Summary

Month

Civilian Casualties

Injured

September 2014

854

1604

August 2014

1265

1198

July 2014

1186

1978

June 2014

1531

1763

May 2014

603

1108

April 2014

610

1311

March 2014

484

1104

February 2014

564

1179

January 2014

618

1052

December 2013

661

1201

November 2013

565

1186

October 2013

852

1793

September 2013

887

1957

August 2013

716

1936

July 2013

928

2109

June 2013

685

1610

May 2013

963

2191

April 2013

595

1481

March 2013

229

853

February 2013

418

704

January 2013

319

960

December 2012

230

655

November 2012

445

1306

Please note that all figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out.

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