ISIS Has Killed Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul, UN Says
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 9:36
The UN high commissioner for human rights called on Iraqi authorities "to ensure that those who are responsible for these horrors are held accountable and brought to justice in line with worldwide human rights laws and standards". "The victims of such bad crimes must not be forgotten".
He and his family joined hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes since the massive operation to retake Mosul from IS was launched last October.
Sources reported that the civilians were fleeing armed clashes between ISIL and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).
Civilians have also been targeted by IS in mass killings of those trying to flee the city.
Elsewhere, Iraqi pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have liberated more areas previously held by ISIS terrorists west of Mosul as they continue their joint operations with army soldiers to completely eject the Takfiris out of the country's second largest city.
Children trying to flee western Mosul have been shot dead by Islamic State militants, the United Nations human rights office said on Thursday, saying it had reports of a "significant escalation" in civilians deaths in the battle for the Iraqi city.
On May 26, the extremists group shot and killed 27 people, including women and children, who were trying to flee Mosul's al-Shifa neighborhood, the United Nations rights office said, citing what it described as "credible reports".
But their ruthlessness is being experienced daily in the besieged city of Mosul, northern Iraq, with anyone who disagrees with them or refuses to follow their orders, often killed.
Zeid accused the terrorist group Tuesday of killing 163 civilians on June 1 in Mosul's al-Shifa neighbourhood.
According to HRW, they were able to identify seven separate attacks by US coalition forces which resulted in more than 44 civilian deaths in five highly populated areas of West Mosul which are controlled by the Islamic State group.
Iraqi forces announced last month a renewed push to capture the final areas of the city still under ISIS control. Numerous deaths were women and children.
The statement also notes the additional risk to civilians posed by Islamic State tactics.
The UN statement said the deaths in Zanjili were reportedly caused by one of several recent air strikes that had inflicted civilian casualties and it was seeking further information about those attacks, without elaborating.
The groups expressing concern are Airwars, Amnesty International, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), and War Child.