More than 15,500 civilians have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, according to the UN.
The UN Assistance Mission (UNAMI) said that 1,119 people, most of them civilians, have been killed only in september. But this figure doesn’t include the casualties from the ongoing fighting in Anbar and the people who died because of the heat and hunger while trying to flee from their homes and find a safe place after their villages were attacked by the ISIL.
UNAMI has received, but been unable to verify, “reports of large numbers of casualties along with 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,” according to a statement.
As a result, the figures presented should be considered an “absolute minimum,” according to the Mission, said the UN press service.
Of those numbers, at least 854 people were civilians and 265 members of the Iraqi security forces.
The worst affected Governorate was Baghdad, where 352 people were killed and 983 injured last month.
An additional 1,604 Iraq civilians were injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. A further 342 people were injured.
Since the beginning of the year 15,533 civilians have been killed in Iraq and 30,278 have been injured.
The casualties increased dramatically since last June.