Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

ISIS militants execute 140 civilians in Iraq's Mosul

Bahaa Fransaw cuts kebab meat for his food stall in Hamdaniya Iraq. Five months on from its capture by Iraqi troops Hamdaniya- which lies between Irbil and Mosul- stands as Iraqi City Still Suffers Months After IS Run Out
Saul Franklin | 15 April, 2017, 02:49

"Their appearance was shocking".

"On Monday and Tuesday, IS massacred 140 civilians fleeing to areas controlled by Iraqi forces", Kurdish broadcaster Rudaw cited tweets by the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) as saying.

"I have not got an exact data, because some of them have surrendered to the Peshmerga in Makhmour and some others to the Federal Police and 9th Division of the Iraqi army", Jabouri said.

A USA -led coalition has been providing air and ground support to Iraqi forces battling the militants, allowing them to recapture most cities they had overran in 2014 in Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.

It was also reported by Reuters that in the Old City district more than 40 civilians were killed trying to escape, according to a resident of the Farouq district.

Islamic State took control of Mosul in 2014.

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Daesh also killed a family of six, including an elderly woman in the Old City's Shahwan district for trying to escape, a resident of the Old City's Shahwan district said.

In March, the United Nations said a large number of Iraqis have been killed in the battle for Mosul as Islamic State fighters increasingly use civilians as human shields against air attacks. "They're actually telling them to stay in the neighborhoods", he said. The operation aimed at liberating the city from terrorists started in October 2016. "Many people, many children, need amputations or will remain paralyzed", he says from the small field hospital set up in Athbah, just a few miles south of Mosul.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday assured Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of continued U.S. support to defeat Islamic State, the Iraqi government said in a statement. The fighting to retake what is now the last major IS stronghold in Iraq is taking its toll on civilians.

US-led coalition air strikes killed up to 200 civilians in Mosul last month after militants reportedly forced them inside a cluster of buildings, then stationed its snipers on top. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the eastern half of Mosul liberated on January 24.

Basic goods have been unavailable for months and the little food that is left is either too expensive or hoarded by the jihadists.

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