Report says 19K people killed in Iraq in last two years

UN report says nearly 19,000 people killed in conflict in last two years in Iraq

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A member from the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag in the city of Ramadi, December 27, 2015.

Nearly 19,000 people were killed and another more than 36,000 people wounded in the last two years due to ongoing conflict in Iraq, the United Nations said in a report published on Tuesday.

At least 3,855 of those killed and 7,056 of those wounded between 1 May and 31 October last year were civilians, said the report, adding that half of these deaths took place in Baghdad.

The report, which was compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), also said 3.2 million people have been internally displaced since the beginning of January, including more than a million children of school age.

The DAESH terrorist group continues to commit systematic and widespread acts of violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law, said the report.

"The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering," it read.

"These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide."

Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said despite the report the death toll could be even higher, calling for urgent action to end the violence.

"Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq. The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence, but countless others have died from the lack of access to basic food, water or medical care," said Hussein.

"This report lays bare the enduring suffering of civilians in Iraq and starkly illustrates what Iraqi refugees are attempting to escape when they flee to Europe and other regions," he said.
"This is the horror they face in their homelands."