At least 2,417 people have been killed in Iraq in June 2014, the majority of them civilians, according to figures released by the United Nations, RT reports. The death toll in the violence-plagued country is the highest since May 2007. (Photo Reuters)
The dead include 1,531 civilians and 886 members of Iraq’s security forces killed in terrorist attacks and violence, UNIRAQ, the UN mission to Iraq, said in a statement.
In addition, a total of 2,287 people were injured in attacks in June.
“This staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for all to ensure that civilians are protected,” said Nikolay Mladenov, the UN’s envoy in Iraq.
The UN body, however, didn’t take into account casualties in the Anbar province in western Iraq, which is mostly controlled by armed Sunni radicals.
In the face of ISIS’s military offensive, Mladenov called on Iraq’s national leaders to work together “to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society.”
“What can be achieved through a constitutional political process cannot be achieved through an exclusively military response,” he said. “Security must be restored, but the root causes of violence must be addressed.”
The UN figures for dead and wounded are higher than those released by the Iraqi authorities, who recorded 1,922 people killed in June, including 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers and 149 police officers. The data was compiled by Iraq’s health, interior and defense ministries.