Baghdad (IINA) � The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that more than 1,000 civilians were killed or injured last month in the country.
At least 392 civilians were killed and another 613 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, according to the latest figures from UNAMI.
Head of the UNAMI Jan Kubis, who is also the UN special envoy for Iraq, condemned the deliberate targeting of civilians by Daesh (also known as ISIL), and saluted the Iraqi security forces for professionalism in pursuing the terrorists while seeking to minimize civilian casualties.
As the Iraqi security forces stepped up the military operations to liberate the remaining parts of Mosul from Daesh control, the terrorists struck again, targeting civilians with cowardly bombings to ease the pressure on the frontlines, Kubis said.
Daesh's sinister attempts have failed to weaken the resolve of the people and government of Iraq to rid the country once and for all from the scourge of terrorism, he added.
The number of February's civilian casualties is slightly lower than that of January, when 403 civilians were killed and 924 others injured.
Source: International Islamic News Agency