GENEVA, 5th July, 2016 (WAM) — As the death toll after Sunday’s suicide bomb in Baghdad continued to climb to well above 150, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Tuesday deplored the terrible loss of innocent lives.

The High Commissioner warned that in addition to doing more to protect civilians from Daesh attacks, it is essential that the Iraqi authorities step in to halt uncontrolled militias from continuing to take revenge on civilians fleeing towns recaptured from Daesh.

“I utterly condemn this latest horrendous Daesh atrocity, targeting innocent civilians who were celebrating Ramadan in the heart of Baghdad,” Zeid said. “Along with other recent abominations associated with Daesh in Dhaka, Istanbul and Orlando, the sheer unrestrained viciousness of these people defies belief.”

The High Commissioner warned, however, that “acts of revenge and hasty, injudicious policy decisions in reaction to such attacks are simply helping Daesh carry out its strategy to divide societies and promote hatred.”

Zeid urged the Iraqi authorities to take immediate action to locate and free more than 600 men and boys reportedly abducted by a militia group involved in the recapture of Fallujah from Daesh in June.

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