UN: Iraq civilian death toll reaches 5,576
ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country, according to Reuters.
The report particularly aims to document "systematic and egregious violations [of international law]" in Iraq, primarily focusing on the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's (ISIS) offenses. The latter group recently launched an offensive throughout the country in June, seizing the city of Mosul as well as territory in five of Iraq's provinces. During the offensive that started in June, at least 1,531 of the 2,400 people killed during a month's time were civilians.
ISIS is known to conduct cruel practices off the battlefield as well, including executing civilians and committing sexual violence against women and girls, according to the report.
Iraqi government forces are also cited in the report for their violations, including the "mass executions and extrajudicial killings of prisoners and detainees," which is considered a war crime under international law.
More than 11,665 people have also been wounded since the start of 2014 from ongoing violence throughout the country, and more than 1.2 million people have been displaced from their homes, according to the report.