U.N.: Civilians bear brunt of Iraqi violence

July 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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BAGHDAD, July 2 (UPI) -- More civilians were killed in Iraq in June as a result of acts of violence than members of the police or military, the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said.

UNAMI reports 761 documented deaths as a result of terrorism or other acts of violence in Iraq in June. More than 1,700 injuries were associated with the violence.

"The number of civilians killed was 685, including 131 civilian police, and the number of civilians injured was 1,610, including 221 civilian police," the mission reported Monday. "A further 76 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed and 161 were injured."

UNAMI said the central province of Iraq was the worst hit by violence with 258 killed and another 692 injured.

A string of late June bombings across Baghdad left at least 17 people dead. May, however, was the deadliest month in Iraq in five years, with more than 1,000 civilians and security officials killed by terrorist attacks or other acts of violence.

The United Nations has pressed the Iraqi government to do more to address mounting violence across the country. UNAMI chief Martin Kobler said human rights and national security "should be of paramount concern" for leaders, but they have so far fallen short of their expectations.

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