UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (APP): At least 662 Iraqis – half of them civilians – were killed and another 1,457 were injured in acts of
terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country in June, according
to the latest figures released by the United Nations political mission
in Iraq.

“We had hoped for a period of calm during holy Ramzan, a month of
peace and compassion, but unfortunately the violence continued to takeΒ its toll on civilians,” the Special Representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis, said.

He noted that terrorists did not spare an occasion to strike at
markets, mosques and areas where people gathered, in order to exact
maximum casualties among civilians, “in total disregard of the values
of Islam.”

The overall casualty figures dropped over the previous month of May,
but the casualty figures for June are likely to increase due to the
combat to liberate Fallujah in Anbar Governorate, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

In an earlier statement, Kubis, who heads UNAMI, strongly condemned
a terrorist suicide bombing at a popular market in a southwest
neighbourhood of Baghdad in which a number of civilians were killed or wounded.

UNAMI also expressed concern about other violence which left a
number of people killed or wounded in two separate gun attacks
on Wednesday night in Baghdad.