Fighting against Islamic State militants and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people, including 790 civilians, during the month of January, the United Nations said on Sunday.
A total of 1,375 Iraqis were killed and another 2,240 were wounded in acts of warfare, terrorism and other violence in January, according to data released on Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The UN agency put the number of civilians killed at 790, while identifying the rest as security forces members. It said at least 1,469 civilians and 771 security forces members were wounded. That number is higher than the figure for December 2014, when 680 Iraqi civilians were killed and 1360 injured.
The worst affected city was the capital, Baghdad, with 256 civilians killed and 758 wounded, the report said.
According to UNAMI figures, last year was the deadliest in Iraq since 2006-2007, with a total of 12,282 people killed and 23,126 wounded.
However, the U.N. says its numbers “have to be considered as the absolute minimum” as they do not include territories held by the Islamic State group, which is about a third of Iraq, and of those who lost their lives due to “secondary effects of violence … (like) exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care.”
Other Iraq watchdog groups have cited even more dire figures. Iraq Body Count (IBC) for example, has put Iraqi civilian fatalities significantly higher at 1,431.
According to IBC, 17,049 civilians have been recorded killed in Iraq during 2014. This is around double the number recorded in 2013 (9,743), which in turn was about double the number in 2012 (4,622). These figures do not include military deaths, which also saw a large increase in 2014.