Violence in Iraq killed more than 500 people in May: AFP

BAGHDAD: Violence in Iraq has killed more than 500 people in May, AFP figures showed today, as authorities struggled to contain a wave of unrest that has raised fears of new sectarian conflict.

And the UN envoy to Iraq urged the country’s leaders to meet to resolve long-running political crises that have paralysed the government and been linked to its inability to reduce the violence.

As of yesterday, 503 people were killed and 1,273 wounded, making May the deadliest month in at least a year, according to the data, based on reports from security and medical officials.

May is the second month in a row in which more than 400 people have been killed, for a total exceeding 960 people in less than two months.

A wave of attacks, including bombings in Baghdad that mainly targeted Shiite areas, killed 58 people on Monday and wounded 187, officials said.