UN: At Least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq in 2016
Jan3, NY: At least 6,878 civilians were killed in Iraq last year as the Iraqi government struggled to maintain security and dislodge fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from areas under its control.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said on Tuesday that its numbers "have to be considered as the absolute minimum" as it was not able to verify casualties among civilians in conflict areas.
It added that last year figures did not include casualties among civilians in Iraq's western Anbar province for the months of May, July, August and December.
According to UNAMI figures, at least 12,388 civilians were wounded in 2016.
The monthly UN casualty report for December 2016 showed that a total of 386 civilians were killed and another 1,066 were wounded.
The worst affected area was the northern province of Ninevah, where government forces are fighting to retake the ISIL-held city of Mosul, with 208 civilians killed and 511 injured. The capital, Baghdad, came next with 109 civilians killed and 523 injured.
The Oslo Times International News Network