The United Nations reported on Monday that at least 15,000 civilians have been killed and twice as many wounded in Iraq war since the beginning of 2014.
The figure was published in the latest installment of “Report on the Protection of Civilians in the Armed Conflict in Iraq.”
The U.N. “recorded at least 44,136 civilian casualties (14,947 killed and 29,189 wounded) as a result of the non-international war in Iraq.”
The figure runs up to the end of April 2015, only accounts for casualties it was able to verify and acknowledges the real casualties may be much higher according to the report.
There are no official figures, however thousands of fighters from ISIS militant group and from the Iraqi forces war also died over the same period of time.
The battle began when militant fighters took over parts of the Anbar province in early 2014. It spread when ISIS launched a devastating offensive on June 9 2014, taking Iraq’s second city of Mosul and large parts of the country.
According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced since the start of the war.