UN chief voices ‘grave concern’ at deepening crisis in Iraq

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern at what he called the "deepening crisis" in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths.

At least 1,300 people have been killed, and another 1,250 injured since the beginning of June.

Violence has flared as Sunni-Islamist militants, known as ISIL, continue to battle the Iraqi Security Forces for control of the country.

An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by fighting, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Mr Ban also said he was "deeply troubled by persistent reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law taking place in Iraq."

Those violations include the summary execution of captured soldiers and detainees, indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, and the abduction and murder of members of ethnic and religious communities.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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