Over 5,000 Iraqi civil­ians killed in 2014

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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