Amid massacres committed by US-led coalition, UN says: ’Worst is yet to ‎come’ with ‎‎400,000 trapped in west Mosul‎

Orient Net 2017-03-23 11:51:00

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US-led coalition perpetrated today multiple massacres in al-Mosul in Iraq, where at least 200 people ‎were killed in a preliminary death toll, according to the Kurdish Rudaw news agency.    ‎

Meanwhile, at least 400,000 Iraqis are trapped in the ISIS-controlled Old City of west Mosul amid ‎food ‎shortages and growing panic under shelling, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said ‎on ‎Thursday.‎

Many civilians fear fleeing because of ISIS snipers, but some 157,000 have reached a transit ‎center ‎since the Baghdad militias’ offensive on west Mosul began a month ago, it said.‎

‎"The worst is yet to come, if I can put it this way. Because 400,000 people trapped in the Old City in ‎that ‎situation of panic and penury may inevitably lead to the cork popping somewhere, ‎sometime, ‎presenting us with a fresh outflow of large-scale proportions," Bruno Geddo, UNHCR ‎representative in ‎Iraq, speaking from the transit center outside Mosul, told a Geneva news briefing.‎