Iraq civilian death toll continues to climb

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Tents at Kalak border crossing for Iraqis displaced by fighting. WFP/Mohammed Albahbahani

Over 2,400 Iraqi's were killed during the month of June in acts of terrorism and violence, according to the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The death toll includes 1,531 civilians and over 800 members of the Iraqi security forces.

Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with over 1,000 civilian casualties.

The UN Human rights office says the last time such a high number of civilians was killed in Iraq in a single month was in 2007.

Ravina Shamdasani is the Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in Geneva.

"We condemn in the strongest terms this upsurge in violence and killings. International law requires parties to the conflict to take all possible measures to ensure that civilians are protected from violence. However, we are consistently receiving reports of civilians being targeted, kidnapped, harassed and killed by ISIL forces, and of indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas. We have also received reports that ISIL forces have been going door to door in Mosul trying to forcibly recruit young men to fight against ISF. We urge all parties to the conflict to respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law and call on the Iraqi authorities to hold accountable those responsible for such violations."

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov has called for greater efforts restore security and to protect the civilian population, adding that it was imperative that Iraqi national leaders work together to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of the Iraqi society.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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