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UN: IS using hostages as human shields in Mosul

UN: IS using hostages as human shields in Mosul

The UN and its Human Rights office inform on the taking by IS “tens of thousands” hostages in the city of Mosul. On Wednesday the jihadists have executed at least 232 people, the hostages are just a human shields for IS.

The UN raised concerns about the destinies of hundred people who became the hostages in the city of Mosul. While Kurdish and Iraqi forces rapidly closing in on the city, IS has shipped civilians from areas in the vicinity of Mosul into strategic zones. These hostages are now being held as human shields, the UN’s human rights office. Its spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani held a news briefing on Friday, she told the press:

“Isis has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in some districts around Mosul.”

According to the UN report, the jihadists group carried out a mass killing of people who refused to obey its orders. The act of atrocity is the recent mass execution of 190 former Iraqi security forces and 40 civilians from Mosul, the second Iraqi city.

The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest since a US-led invasion of the country in 2003, add military experts. The UN is doing his best to inform on the current status of the civilian population in Iraq and Syria, who live in the IS-controlled territory.