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Violence in Iraq kills over 1,300 in July: UN

Iran Press TV

Sat Aug 1, 2015 3:44PM

The United Nations (UN) says over 1,300 people were killed in acts of violence in Iraq in July, as the country attempts to tackle a crisis caused by Takfiri ISIL terrorists.

The UN mission to Iraq said Saturday that at least 1,332 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the country last month.

The death toll includes at least 844 civilians, and 488 members of Iraqi security forces and pro-government volunteers.

It also said that Baghdad was the province worst hit by violence, with 335 deaths.

The UN also put the number of those wounded in violence in July at 2,108.

There had been a slight drop of violence in July as compared to June, when at least 1,466 deaths and 1,687 injuries were recorded across Iraq, it added.

The developments come as Iraqi troops have gained more ground in their fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in recent months. Units of army soldiers coupled with volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

On Saturday, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces battling the ISIL terrorist group inflicted heavy losses on its members.

Intense confrontations between Popular Mobilization Forces and Takfiri elements in the Ta'awun district of the city of Samarra in Salahuddin Province, north of Baghdad, killed and injured dozens of the terrorists and forced some others to flee.

Iraqi website Alforat News, meanwhile, reported that nearly two dozen ISIL terrorists had been killed and four vehicles belonging to them destroyed in Anbar's al-Bou'eitheh district.

Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since ISIL launched its deadly terror campaign in the country in June 2014. The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

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