Iraq reports highest number of civilian casualties since 2008Listen /
Nearly 8,000 civilians were killed in Iraq last year, the highest number of casualties since 2008, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMI).
The mission reports that 7,818 civilians and police were killed in 2013 while almost 18,000 others were injured.
Nickolay Mladenov, UN representative in Iraq, described this as "a sad and terrible record which confirms once again the urgent need for the Iraqi authorities to address the roots of violence."
The figures, released on Wednesday, show that May was the most violent month with 963 deaths and nearly 2,200 wounded, while Baghdad was the worst-affected Governorate.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.