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UN says 980 killed in Iraq violence in December

The United Nations (UN) said violence has claimed the lives of 980 Iraqis in December, up from 888 the previous month.

A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi, December 28, 2015. (Reuters)

A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi, December 28, 2015. (Reuters)

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said in a statement that 506 of those killed in December were civilians, while the rest were security forces, including paramilitary troops and the Kurdish “peshmerga”, the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmerga means “one who confronts death” or “one who faces death”..

It said the worst-affected province was Baghdad with 261 killed, followed by Ninevah province with 68.

Citing its local health authorities, the UN said 124 civilians were killed in Anbar province, which has large areas under IS control. The UN says it could not fully verify the Anbar figures due to the increased volatility of the situation on the ground and the disruption of services.

It added that 1,244 civilians were wounded in December.