EghtesadOnline: A total of 386 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 1,066 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in December 2016, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
According to the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, the number of civilians killed in December (not including police) was 385, while the number injured (not including police) was 1,060.
Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate with 719 civilian casualties with 208 killed and 511 injured. Baghdad followed with 109 killed and 523 injured, and Kirkuk had 64 killed and 27 injured, IRNA reported.
UNAMI was not able to obtain civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for this month.
“Though the figures for December are lower than previous months, we are nevertheless noticing an increase in terrorist bombings towards the end of the month and in the last couple of days, targeting civilians”, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ján Kubiš said.
“This is, no doubt, an attempt by Daesh to divert attention from their losses in Mosul and, unfortunately, it is the innocent civilians who are paying the price”, he added.
In 2016, UNAMI recorded a total of 19,266 civilian casualties: 6,878 killed and 12,388 wounded. These casualty figures do not include the civilian casualty figures for Anbar for the months of May, July, August and December.