Iraq: More than two-thirds of those killed in August civilians, reports UN mission

1 September 2016

Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today.

“The bloodletting in Iraq continues without let-up,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said in a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which he heads.

“Casualty figures remain too high and civilians again are bearing the brunt,” he added.

According to the UNAMI’s casualty figures for the month of August, a total of 691 Iraqis were killed and another 1,016 injured as a result of violence, excluding the western province Anbar, for which the mission has been unable to obtain the August figures from the local health department.

Of those killed, 473 of them – more than 68 per cent – were civilians, including 16 individuals who were members of the federal police, civil defence, personal security details, facilities protection police and fire department. Similarly, 813 of the victims – or about 80 per cent – of those injured were civilians, including 21 members of the previously mentioned civil security entities.

The mission noted that 218 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and another 203 were injured.

In terms of casualties by location, the capital, Baghdad, was the worst affected governorate with 907 civilian casualties (231 killed, 676 injured). In the northern governorate of Ninewa, 116 were killed and 83 injured; in the northern governorate of Kirkuk 81 were killed and 13 injured; in the central governorate of Karbala 17 were killed and 25 injured; in the central governorate of Salahadin 14 were killed and four injured; and, in the eastern governorate of Diyala six were killed and five injured.

In the news release today, Mr. Kubiš also strongly condemned the terrorist attacks and violent acts, including recent suicide attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at a wedding celebration in Ain Al-Tamr in Karbala that killed and wounded many, and bombings capital Baghdad.

“[We] reiterate our call on the parties to undertake every effort to safeguard the lives of civilians and urge Iraqis in general to show strength in unity in the face of this unrelenting violence,” he said.

2016 UN Casualty Figures for Iraq

Month Killed Injured
August 2016* 473 813
July 2016 * 629 1061
June 2016 382 1145
May 2016 * 468 1041
April 2016 410 973
March 2016 575 1196
February 2016 410 1050
January 2016 490 1157

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

*All casualty figures in the table include Anbar casualty figures, apart from the months marked with an asterisk (*).

2015 UN Casualty Figures for Iraq

Month Killed Injured
December 2015 506 867
Novemer 2015 * 489 869
October 2015 * 559 1067
September 2015 537 925
August 2015 585 1103
July 2015 844 1616
June 2015 665 1032
May 2015 665 1313
April 2015 535 1456
March 2015 729 1785
February 2015 611 1353
January 2015 790 1469

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

*All casualty figures in the table include Anbar casualty figures, apart from the months marked with an asterisk (*).

2014 UN Casualty Figures for Iraq

Month Killed Injured
December 2014 680 1360
November 2014 936 1826
October 2014 1089 2074
September 2014 1084 2084
August 2014 1533 1994
July 2014 1384 2122
June 2014 1775 2351
May 2014 798 1607
April 2014 745 1836
March 2014 640 1845
February 2014 862 2377
January 2014 756 1650

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

2013 UN Casualty Figures for Iraq

Month Killed Injured
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

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

2012 UN Casualty Figures for Iraq

Month Killed Injured
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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