IZMIR — The Iraqi military command denied the recent reports by The Independent which claimed that the civilian death toll in Mosul is 40,000.
Th Iraqi Defense Ministry's War Media Cell released a statement on Thursday, saying that the numbers provided by the British newspaper were "inaccurate," IraqiNews reported.
According to the statement, the official figures released by the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps stated that the number of civilian bodies discovered in western Mosul amounted to 1,429, while 102 civilians were rescued and 200 families evacuated.
However, the claim was made after Hoshyar Zebari, former Iraqi Finance and Foreign Affairs minister told The Independent that the Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed during the fight between the Iraqi forces and the so-called Islamic State (IS).
A week earlier, the London-based Airwars, released a report, stating that the US-led coalition against IS has killed around 5,805 civilians in western Mosul, between the 19th of February and the 10th of July.