Violence claimed 1,375 Iraqi lives in January: UN

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Monday, 02 February 2015

Latest figures released by the UN show that acts of terrorism and violence have left nearly 1,400 people dead during January as the conflict-stricken Arab country continues to battle the ISIL Takfiri militants.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 1,375 Iraqis lost their lives last month, while 2,240 others were injured.

The UN mission added that while the number of killed civilians stood at 790, the number of civilians injured hit 1,469. Violence also claimed the lives of a further 585 members of the Iraqi army while 771 others sustained injuries.

A great proportion of the fatalities were recorded in Baghdad, where 256 civilians were killed and 758 others wounded.

A total of 195 people were killed and 584 others wounded in Iraq’s troubled western province of Anbar. The figure includes 49 deaths and 375 injuries in the provincial capital city of Ramadi, located about 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Baghdad, as well as 146 killed and 209 injured in Fallujah.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,101 people were killed and another 1,868 wounded in terror attacks across Iraq in December 2014.

ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.

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