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1,057 Iraqis killed in acts of terrorism and violence in July

BAGHDAD – According to casualty figures released August 1st, 2013 by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in July.

The number of civilians killed was 928 (including 204 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 2,109 (including 338 civilian police). A further 129 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 217 were injured.

“The impact of violence on civilians remains disturbingly high, with at least 4,137 civilians killed and 9,865 injured since the beginning of 2013,” the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, warned. “We haven’t seen such numbers in more than five years, when the blind rage of sectarian strife that inflicted such deep wounds upon this country was finally abating. I reiterate my urgent call on Iraq’s political leaders to take immediate and decisive action to stop the senseless bloodshed, and to prevent these dark days from returning.”

Baghdad was the worst-affected governorate in July with 957 civilian casualties (238 killed and 719 injured), followed by Salahuddin, Ninewa, Diyala, Kirkuk and Anbar (triple-digit figures).

Babil, Wasit and Basra also reported casualties (double-digit figures).

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations.

United Nations Secretary-General indicated this week that he is alarmed by the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq and condemned in the strongest terms the acts of terrorism and the heightened sectarian violence, “which are aimed at ripping apart the country’s social fabric.”

Monday’s reported killing of at least 50 people in a wave of car bombings in predominantly Shiite areas is “just the latest occurrence of the kind of heinous violence which is becoming all too commonplace,” a U.N. spokesman said.

“Iraq is at another crossroads,” the spokesman continued. “Its political leaders have a clear responsibility to bring the country back from the brink, and to leave no space to those who seek to exploit the political stalemate through violence and terror. The Secretary-General urges Iraqi political leaders to address the legitimate grievances of all Iraqi communities by entering into a serious dialogue with a spirit of compromise, and by passing overdue legislation without further delay. The United Nations stands ready to assist the Government and people of Iraq in overcoming the crisis.”

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