Civilians die twice more often in Iraq than Iraqi military and police

Civilians are first to suffer at war. They do not attend special trainings, and have no experience of surviving in critical situations. They try to live their ordinary lives while everything around them is exploding and burning. That’s why the death toll among civilians is higher than among those who in person take part in military operations.

According to figures obtained Thursday from the Iraqi government, violent deaths among Iraqi civilians far exceeded those of soldiers or police during the first six months of this year, reports the AP.

Between Jan. 1 and June 30, figures from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defense showed 275 Iraqi soldiers and 620 police were killed in bombings, assassinations or armed clashes with insurgents.

By contrast, 1,594 civilians were killed during the same period, the Ministry of Health said.

Government figures put the insurgent death toll for the six-month period at 781.

Civilians often bear the brunt of car-bombings and suicide attacks.

On Wednesday a blast at a poor east Baghdad neighborhood killed 18 children and teenagers who had swarmed around a U.S. Humvee to get candy and toys. Up to 27 people died in the blast - including one American soldier.

Two suicide bombers struck near the Green Zone in central Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring at least nine people.