Terrorists killed 241 Iraqis in July 2017: UN

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The number of civilians killed in July (not including police) was 239, while the number of injured (not including police) was 273.

Of those figures, Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate, with 233 civilian casualties (121 killed, 112 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 38 killed and 85 injured, and Anbar had 33 killed and 49 injured.

According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 82 civilian casualties (33 killed and 49 injured). Figures are updated until 31 July, inclusive.

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, condemned the terrorist Daesh’s actions which caused enormous suffering to civilians by using them as human shields up to the final moments before the group was crushed in Mosul and victory declared by the Government of Iraq on 10 July.

Mr. Kubiš renewed the call for protection of civilians in conflict as Iraqi forces prepare their campaign to liberate the remaining parts of the country from the scourge of ISIL.

“As we commend the Iraqi forces’ humanitarian concept of operations that has put civilian protection and assistance to IDPs at the center of the battle plan for Mosul, it is imperative that the protection of civilians continues to be the top priority in the conduct of military operations going forward.”