Nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in December due to conflict and terrorism

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Iraqi refugee children. File Photo: Iraqi Red Crescent/UNOCHA

Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed nearly 1,000 people last month, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has reported.

A further 1,244 people were also injured during December, it added.

UNAMI said a total of 22,370 civilians were killed and injured in 2015.

Dianne Penn has the story.

Of the 980 Iraqis who were killed in December, 506 were civilians, according to casualty figures released by the UN mission.

Four hundred-and-seventy-four members of the security forces also lost their lives that month.

Overall, 7,515 Iraqis were killed and 14,855 wounded in 2015, with Baghdad being the worst-affected governorate.

Ján Kubiš, UN representative in Iraq, said the thousands of casualties due to conflict and terrorism was "unacceptable."

He said the United Nations continues to deplore this loss of life.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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