At least 1,737 people died and 1,978 others were injured last month in political and sectarian violence in Iraq, the United Nations said Friday.

Nearly 1,200 of those killed were civilians, according to the report from the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, or UNAMI.

Fatalities among the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces battling jihadi insurgents totaled 551.

"I am concerned about the rising number of casualties in Iraq, particularly among the civilian population. Children and women are most vulnerable," the U.N. special representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a statement accompanying the report.

"Despite the continuing fighting, politicians have shown that they can work together," the envoy said, pointing to the selection of Fouad Moussam as Iraq's new president.

"It is time that they move forward on the creation of a new government that can address the root causes of violence in Iraq and ensure equitable development for all communities," Mladenov said.

UNAMI's tally excludes casualties from the ongoing government offensive in the western province of Al Anbar, whose capital, Fallujah, witnessed 132 conflict-related deaths in July.

Last month's death toll was down from June's figure of 2,417 dead.

Islamic State, a coalition of jihadists, tribal militias and veterans of the late Saddam Hussein's army, seized control in June of the northern city of Mosul and has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. EFE