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659 people killed in Iraq's violence in November
A total of 659 Iraqis were killed and 1,373 others were wounded in violent attacks in Iraq in November, according to a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Sunday.
The statement said that 565 civilians (including 120 civilian police personnel) and 94 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in terrorist and violent acts in November, while 1,186 civilians and 187 Security Forces members were injured.
Baghdad was the worst-affected province with 224 civilians killed and 399 others injured, followed by Nineveh, Salahudin and Diyala, while other provinces of Anbar, Kirkuk, Babil and Wasit reported less casualties, it said.
As the bloodshed continues in the country, Nickolay Mladenov, special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq and head of the UNAMI, urged the Iraqi authorities to make necessary efforts to protect the people, it added.
"While indiscriminate bombings and other attacks continue to take a terrible toll on Iraqis every day, I am profoundly disturbed by the recent surge in execution-style killings that have been carried out in a particularly horrendous and unspeakable manner," Mladenov said.
"As a matter of urgency, the Iraqi authorities should take immediate steps to find and hold accountable the perpetrators of these crimes and to implement effective measures to ensure the protection of all citizens," he added.
In the past months, Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years and the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, was responsible for such massive attacks, raising fears that the terrorist group and other militiamen could return to widespread violence, particularly as Iraq is trying to fend off the spillover of the escalating violence in neighboring Syria.
About 7157 civilians and 952 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed during the period between January and November 2013, according to the UN figures.
[Source: Xinhua, Baghdad, 02Dec13]
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