than 5,000 civilians killed in Iraq this year: U.N.
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[July 18, 2014]
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 5,576
Iraqi civilians have been killed this year in violence, the United
Nations said on Friday in the most detailed account yet of the impact of
months of unrest culminating in an assault by Sunni militants through
the north of the country.
At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni
insurgents led by al Qaeda offshoot now known as the Islamic State
overran the city of Falluja in the western province of Anbar, the
U.N. said in a report.
Last month, the insurgents seized swathes of northern Iraq,
including the area's largest city Mosul. Of the 2,400 people killed
in June, 1,531 were civilians, the U.N. said earlier this month.
The report documents what it calls "systematic and egregious
violations" of international law by the group now calling itself the
The U.N found the group had executed civilians, committed sexual
violence against women and girls, carried out kidnappings and
targeted assassinations of political, community, and religious
leaders and killed children, among other violations.
The report also details violations committed by government forces
and affiliated groups, citing "summary executions/extrajudicial
killings of prisoners and detainees", which it said may constitute a
The U.N. noted that the "deteriorating security situation" had
limited its ability to directly monitor and verify incidents.
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More than 1.2 million people had been displaced since violence
escalated last month, according to the report.
(Reporting By Maggie Fick; editing by Ralph Boulton)
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