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Iraqis suffer staggering violence as IS stalks region: UN

Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 06:29 PM
Violence suffered by civilians in Iraq `remains staggering', with at least 18,800 people killed between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015, the UN says.

Some 3.2 million people have been displaced internally over the same period.

The UN accuses the so-called Islamic State of systematic and widespread violence, including holding some 3,500 women and children as slaves.

Alleged abuses by troops, militiamen and Kurdish forces have also been recorded.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein said the report "starkly illustrates what Iraqi refugees are attempting to escape when they flee to Europe and other regions. This is the horror they face in their homelands".

The UN report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is based on interviews with the displaced and testimony from victims, survivors or witnesses of human rights abuses.

It says the figures of 18,800 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015 could be much higher.
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