Over 5,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 2014
The United Nations announced on 18 July in its recent report that more than 5,576 Iraqi civilians were killed in the first six months of this year in violence.
It said that this was a result of months of unrest culminating in an assault by Sunni militants in the north of the country.
The report said that more than 1,665 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 report confirmed the fact that the insurgents seized swathes of land in northern Iraq, including the area’s largest city Mosul. Out of the total number of 2,400 casualties in June, 1,531 were civilians.
The report also refers to what it calls “systematic and egregious violations” of international law by the group now calling itself the Islamic State.
The UN found that the group had executed civilians, committed sexual violence against women and girls, carried out kidnappings and perpetrated assassinations of political, community, and religious leaders and even killed children.
The report also details violations committed by the government forces and affiliated groups confirming “summary executions and extrajudicial killings of prisoners and detainees are carried out.”
The UN noted that the “deteriorating security situation” has limited its ability to directly monitor and verify incidents.
Based on the same report, more than 1.2 million people have been displaced since violence escalated last month.