UN: 115 Iraqi civilians killed in January
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – During January, 115 civilians were killed and 250 more injured due to violence, terrorism, and armed conflict in Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) stated on Thursday.
According to the UNAMI statement, the Iraqi capital of Baghdad was the most affected province due to violence and terror attacks during January, with 323 casualties of which 90 were killed, and 233 wounded.
Diyala was the second hardest hit area with eight killed and 15 more injured, the UNAMI stated.
“UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of January,” the statement noted.
Commenting on the attacks, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said that “terrorists continue to target civilians in irregular strikes, even though their capabilities have been largely destroyed.”
“The twin suicide bombings on Jan. 15 at Baghdad’s Tayran Square, which left numerous casualties among innocent workers and passersby, are proof of [terrorists’] indiscriminate disregard for human life,” Kubiš added.
The number of casualties in January increased compared to December’s figures where 69 people were killed, and 142 others wounded.
Fourteen years have passed since the removal of the dictatorial regime in Iraq in 2003, and yet the country continues to suffer from instability and terrorist attacks carried out in different provinces and cities, especially Baghdad.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany