1,330 Iraqis Killed in July

1,330 Iraqis Killed in July1,330 Iraqis Killed in July

At least 1,332 Iraqis were killed by violence in July amid the war against the Islamic State militant group, a slight drop from June, according to UN figures released Saturday.

The UN mission to Iraq said at least 844 civilians were among the dead, while 488 members of Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias fighting the militants were killed, AP reported.

It put the number of the wounded at 2,108. Baghdad was the worst affected province with 335 people killed.

In June, at least 1,466 people were killed and 1,687 were wounded. The UN statistics largely do not include territory held by the IS, which controls about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared “caliphate.”

The UN said it has not been able to verify claims about people dying from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to the lack of water, food, medicines and health care.

Meanwhile Saturday, a bomb exploded near an outdoor market in Rashidiyah just north of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 11, police said.

Another bomb blast near car repair shops in the southeastern suburbs of Baghdad killed two people and wounded nine, according to police officials.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

Violence has escalated in Iraq after the IS offensive began last year. Iraqi forces have been struggling to regain control of the areas lost to the militants.