69 Iraqi civilians killed, 142 injured in terror acts in Dec 2017: UN

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA - A total of 69 Iraqi civilians (not including police) were killed and another 142 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in December 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured), said a press release of UN Information Center in Tehran (UNIC) received by IRNA on Friday.

Salahaddin Governorate followed, with seven killed and 25 injured; and Kirkuk saw 15 killed and six injured.

UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of December.

“Casualty figures for the month of December 2017 have remained at a similar level to November, which is disappointing,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis was quoted saying.

“I very much hope that, as we move in the New Year, these figures will fall rapidly as much-needed peace and stability return to Iraq,” he added.

Overall, in 2017 UNAMI recorded 3298 civilians killed and 4781 civilians wounded - excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available.


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