United Nations: Violence claimed 354 Iraqi civilian lives in May


Latest figures released by the UN show that acts of terrorism and violence killed more than 350 civilians in May, as government forces, backed by volunteer fighters, are engaged in joint operations to expel Daesh terrorists out of their last urban stronghold in the country.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 354 Iraqi civilians lost their lives last month, and 470 others were injured.

The UN mission, however, did not mention the number of Iraqi police forces, who were killed or sustained injuries in the violence.

A large number of the fatalities were recorded in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, where 160 civilians were killed and 52 others wounded.

The capital province of Baghdad saw 86 people killed and another 226 injured. 

Elsewhere, a total of 13 people died and 41 others were wounded in Iraq’s southern oil-rich province of Basra.

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq Jan Kubis decried terrorists’ continued targeting of civilians before and in the early days of the Islamic fasting holy month of Ramadan.



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