(BAGHDAD) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq released casualty figures for the month of June on Friday, in which the mission noted the highest number of civilian casualties this year.
In the month of June, a staggering 1,531 civilians were reportedly killed, including 270 civilian police. An additional 1,763 civilians were injured, according to the UNAMI. Further, 886 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in June, and 524 more were injured.
"The staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for all to ensure that civilians are protected," the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov said. While large swaths of the country remain under the control of the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Mladenov insisted that "it is imperative that national leaders work together to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society."
Baghdad was the worse affected Governorate with 375 civilians killed and 715 injured. UNAMI casualty figures exclude the province of Anbar.
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