Iraq: 90 civilians killed in Mosul fight

23rd Apr 2017
Iraq: 90 civilians killed in Mosul fight

By Ahmed Qasim and Ibrahim Salih

 

NINEVEH, Iraq (AA): At least 90 civilians were reportedly killed in deadly clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh terrorists in western Mosul.

An Iraqi Rapid Response officer said the victims had been caught in the fight between the terrorists and Iraqi forces trying to capture Al-Thawra district in the city’s western side.

“Scores of dead bodies are still trapped under the debris of destroyed houses,” the officer told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

He said more than 30 houses had been destroyed in the fight in district.

The officer went on to accuse Iraqi forces “of paying less attention to the safety of civilians” during the anti-Daesh fight.

“The forces insist on advancing into civilian areas, especially after sustaining losses in the confrontations against Daesh militants,” he said.

According to the Iraqi officer, Daesh terrorists have taken scores of hostages while fleeing Al-Thawra district, which Iraqi forces captured from Daesh on Thursday.

“They have taken scores of unarmed civilians at the gunpoint to other areas in western Mosul,” he said.

In February, Iraqi ground forces — backed by U.S.-led coalition air power — began fresh operations to expel Daesh militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.

The ongoing offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October with the aim of retaking the entire city, which Daesh overran in mid-2014.

[Photo: A boy, who has a casted leg, receives treatment at the “Western Hospital” in Erbil, Iraq on April 12, 2017. Most of the civilians injured in Daesh attacks in Mosul are sent to the Western Hospital in Erbil due to the ongoing operations in the region. Photographer: Muhabiri Yunus Keleş/AA]

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