UN report: 15,000 civilians killed in Iraq in 16 months

AP News
Posted: Jul 13, 2015 8:04 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says the conflict in Iraq has taken a terrible toll on civilians with nearly 15,000 people killed and 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period ending on April 30.

The U.N. mission in Iraq and the U.N. human rights office said in the report released Monday that more than 2.8 million Iraqis fled their homes during this period and remain in the country, including an estimated 1.3 million children.

It said violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses by the Islamic State extremist group, which controls large swaths of Iraq's north and west, may in some cases amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide.

The report gives numerous examples of killings, attacks and abductions carried out by the IS group.