More than 1200 casualties in Iraq in November

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An Iraqi refugee family. UNHCR/S.Baldwin

More than 1200 Iraqis were killed and close to 2500 were wounded across the country in acts of terrorism and violence in November 2014, the UN Assistance Mission in the country  (UNAMI) has confirmed

Iraq has experienced increasing instability in 2014 as a result of an ongoing offensive by the group calling itself the Islamic State or ISIL.

Stéphane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

“The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said that nearly 12,000 people have been killed and nearly 22,000 wounded since the beginning of 2014. He once more encouraged Iraqi political, religious and social leaders to act decisively and to rise above their differences in order to restore confidence among Iraq's communities.” (22″)

Mr Dujarric added that in making its calculations, the UN Mission reiterated that it has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas.

UNAMI said the figures it reports have to be considered as the absolute minimum number of casualties in Iraq.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration:  1’09″

 

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