World Bulletin / News Desk
The United Nations said Tuesday that at least 2,417 people have been killed in Iraq in June 2014, which is the highest monthly death toll in the country since 2007.
"In June, a total of at least 1,531 civilians were killed. The last time such a high number of civilians was killed in a single month was in 2007," U.N. Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said at a press conference in the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday in Geneva .
"An additional 886 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed. Another 1763 civilians were injured in June," Shamdasani added.
Shamdasani said that recent reports have shown that civilians are being targeted, kidnapped, harassed and killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant - ISIL - forces.
"We have also received reports that ISIL forces have been going door to door in Mosul trying to forcibly recruit young men to fight against Iraqi security forces," Shamdasani said.
Moreover, over one million Iraqis have been forced from their homes to date this year amid fighting between armed militias and government forces, the United Nations has said.
Since the beginning of June alone, 650 000 people have been displaced because of operations by ISIL, according to Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
UN officials said on Tuesday that the exodus could only be expected to increase as the conflicts continue.Last Mod: 02 Temmuz 2014, 09:34