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Iraq

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department’s latest assessment is of civilian casualties for military and terrorist operations in Iraq in each month since February 2002; and if she will make a statement. (111135)

All civilian deaths in Iraq resulting from military and terrorist attacks are a tragedy. The Government of Iraq are best placed to monitor the numbers of Iraqi civilian casualties. But we continue to believe that there are no comprehensive or reliable figures for deaths since March 2003. Estimates vary according to the method of collection.

According to figures released by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior on 2 January 2007, 12,320 civilians were killed during 2006. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq estimates that 34,452 civilians were killed in 2006, on the basis of information obtained through the Iraqi Health Ministry, hospitals and the Medico-Legal Institute in Baghdad.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the latest figures received by her Department from the Iraqi Ministry of Health are on the number of Iraqi civilians who have been (a) violently killed and (b) injured through violence since May 2003; and if she will make a statement. (111683)