IRAQ — ISIS militants killed at least 64 civilians, including women and children, while trying to flee battles with Iraqi security forces in western Mosul to the eastern side, a human rights monitor reported.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were trying to cross the Tigris River, which divides the city, to the eastern side which Iraqi forces took over in January, but were shot dead by ISIS snipers.
The ISIS terrorists also took civilian prisoners according some of the survivors off the attack.
Earlier on Sunday, BasNews quoted Ahmed al-Obaidi, a Federal Police Captain, saying that ISIS militants had shot dead 16 Iraqi women who were trying to flee al-Rifaie district in western Mosul, adding that 30 other families in the same district.
IN correspondent, Mohamed Mostafa reports that Iraqi government and United Nations counts put the number of Iraqis displaced since the launch of the offensive to retake Mosul from IS in October 2016 at at least 600.000. Nineveh municipal officials say there are 600,000 others who fled to relatives or rented residences and therefore had not been registered.
Daesh (ISIS) has faced accusations by the U.N., Iraqi government and aid agencies of using civilians as human shields. Concerns for civilian lives had been a major reason behind occasional slowdowns of security operations and unfortunately some have been killed in operations by Iraqi forces and the allied U.S.-led coalition.
The militants have now been eradicated from all but a handful of areas in the western half of Mosul including the Old City, where Islamic State is expected to make its last stand, taking advantage of narrow streets and its dense population.
Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the area controlled by ISIS was no more than 9 percent of west Mosul.
These poor civilians are so desperate that they have to resort to eating weeds to stay alive.
It looks like Mosul will be cleansed of these ISIS savages soon, however, the damage, destruction and terror that they have put these innocent people will last for eternity.
It’s insane over there.