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Violence claimed 1,031 Iraqi lives in May: UN

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 1, 2015 5:12PM

Latest figures released by the UN show that acts of terrorism and violence have left over 1,000 people dead during May as units of army troops backed by volunteer fighters continue to battle the ISIL Takfiri militants.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 1,031 Iraqis lost their lives last month while 1,684 others were injured.

The UN mission added that while the number of killed civilians stood at 665, the number of civilians injured hit 1,313. Violence also claimed the lives of a further 366 members of the Iraqi security forces while 371 others sustained injuries.

A large number of the fatalities were recorded in Baghdad where 343 civilians were killed and 701 others wounded.

A total of 134 people were killed and 88 others wounded in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala. The troubled western province of Anbar saw 102 people killed and 481 others injured.

The figure includes 29 deaths and 267 injuries in the provincial capital city of Ramadi, located about 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Baghdad, as well as 73 killed and 214 injured in Fallujah.

"Current developments in and around the city of Ramadi and in Anbar Governorate once again showed grave consequences of ISIL's actions for civilians as around 237,786 individuals have been displaced from and within Anbar Governorate to date, while thousands were killed and injured, sometimes in the most horrendous way," Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis said.

According to the United Nations, a total of 812 people were killed and another 1,726 wounded in terror attacks across Iraq in April.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have witnessed gruesome violence ever since ISIL Takfiri militants began their march through Iraqi territory in June 2014. Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

According a statement released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry on Monday, the fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have managed to wrest control over Qaryat ar Rafi'at district in the northern Salahuddin province following fierce exchange of fire with ISIL extremists.

Dozens of terrorists were killed and a number of vehicles belonging to them were destroyed in the process.


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