U.N.: More than 2,000 Iraqis killed and injured in November 2015

BAGHDAD,  More than 2,000 Iraqis were killed and injured in terrorist attacks and armed conflict across the country in November 2015, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

Iraqi security forces and onlookers inspect damage following a car bomb attack the day before in a market area in Zubayr, Basra province, Iraq, on Oct. 6, 2015. The U.N. Mission in Iraq on Dec. 1, 2015, released a report tallying more than 2,000 Iraqis who were killed and injured in countrywide violence during November 2015. Photo by Faisal Altaheer/UPI | License Photo
Iraqi security forces and onlookers inspect damage following a car bomb attack the day before in a market area in Zubayr, Basra province, Iraq, on Oct. 6, 2015. The U.N. Mission in Iraq on Dec. 1, 2015, released a report tallying more than 2,000 Iraqis who were killed and injured in countrywide violence during November 2015. Photo by Faisal Altaheer/UPI | License Photo

 

The report tallied 888 Iraqis killed and another 1,237 injured. Those numbers include 489 dead civilians and 869 who were injured.

The Baghdad province — where 325 civilians were killed and 785 injured — was the worst hit, followed by the Nineveh, Kirkuk, Saladin and Diyala provinces.

The U.N. Mission in Iraq notes the report is void of November casualty figures from the Anbar province — where Iraqi security forces have been on the offensive since July and are currently besieging the Islamic State-held provincial capital, Ramadi — since it was only able to “partially verify certain incidents.”

It also pointed out the data featured in the report was considered as the absolute minimum due to an “unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care.”

The Iraqi government, with military support from the United States and Iran, isfighting to clear IS militants from areas seized by the group since the summer of 2014, mainly in northern, western and central portions of the country. Bomb attacks in and around Baghdad, meanwhile, occur almost daily.

By Fred Lambert

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