ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Violence continues to plague Iraq as the threat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) has reemerged in recent weeks with 205 casualties recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in June.
According to its monthly statement, UNAMI said 76 Iraqi civilians were killed “in acts of terrorism, violence, and armed conflict” while another 129 were injured.
“The figures [recorded for June] include ordinary citizens, and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defense, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel,” the UNAMI statement read.
Civilian casualties recorded by the organization, not including police, was 68 killed and 118 wounded.
Diyala Province experienced the worst of June’s violence with 52 civilian casualties, 16 killed and 36 injured.
Kirkuk was the second worst affected region with 10 people killed and 36 wounded followed by the Iraqi capital of Baghdad where 19 were killed and 18 injured.
The statistics are estimates as the organization has been prevented from properly verifying casualties in some areas of the country such as the Anbar Governorate where the figures are provided by the Health Directorate and usually do not reflect the actual casualty count.
“According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of seven civilian casualties (none killed, seven injured),” the organization said.
Despite announcing the military defeat of IS last December, the country continues to experience random bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings which the extremist group claims.