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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