Iraq sees one of the deadliest months in years
Over the month of July, 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence. Out of the 1,057 killed, 928 were civilians, including 204 civilian police, with the number of civilian injuries coming in at 2,109, including 338 civilian police; 129 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 217 were injured.
"The impact of violence on civilians remains disturbingly high, with at least 4,137 civilians killed and 9,865 injured since the beginning of 2013," Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Gyorgy Busztin said. "We haven't seen such numbers in more than five years, when the blind rage of sectarian strife that inflicted such deep wounds upon this country was finally abating."
The surge of violence has sparked concern from the U.N. On Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was alarmed at the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq and asked that political leaders take action to stem the violence and save lives.
"I reiterate my urgent call on Iraq's political leaders to take immediate and decisive action to stop the senseless bloodshed, and to prevent these dark days from returning," Busztin said.