Sharp Rise In Iraqi Deceased As IS Steps Up Attacks

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:05 PM

The no of victims will be distant higher as the figures don't comprise those fleeing their homes who die of hunger or disease.

Sharp Rise In Iraqi Deceased As IS Steps Up Attacks

At minimum 1.119 Iraqis were killed in violence during March - nearly double the no of the previous month.

The sharp expand comes as Islamic State militants stepped up attacks on civilians,

One of the fatal attacks in March was carried out by

The United Nations statistics include five hundred seventy-five civilians, with the remaining casualties coming from the Iraqi security forces, Peshmerga Kurdish fighters and government-allied militia.

Another 1.561 Iraqis were injured during the month, including 1.196 civilians.

The figures compare to February'south totals of six hundred seventy killed and 1.290 injured.

The numbers don't comprise large numbers of casualties as an indirect result of the bloody conflict, such as those who died from lack of food or healthcare after being forced to flee their homes. The UN said these numbers couldn't be verified.

UN messenger to Iraq January Kubis said in a statement that he was "extremely disturbed at the continuing loss of life and injury as a result of terrorism, violence and armed conflict".

"It's totally unacceptable that civilians should bear the brunt of violence."

Casualty numbers reached a peak in the summer of two thousand fourteen, when the so-called Islamic State seized much of the country'south northern and western areas, imposing a violent version of Islamic law.

In recent months, the militants have lost some ground but they've continued a campaign of large-scale bombings targeting civilians in cities such as the capital Baghdad, where 259 civilians were killed and seven hundred seventy injured in March.

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