ISIS using 100,000 as human shields in Iraq - UN
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ISIS using 100,000 as human shields in Iraq - UN

Displaced civilians flee after leaving their homes due to clashes in the Shifa neighbourhood in western Mosul, Iraq June 15 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
Orient Net - Agencies
Date: 2017-06-17 19:33
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is holding more than 100,000 civilians as human shields in Mosul’s old city in Iraq, a UN official said on Friday (June 16).

“More than 100,000 civilians are still being held in the old city,” Bruno Geddo, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative in Iraq said during a press conference in Geneva.

“Daesh has been using them as human shields,” Geddo added, in order for Baghdad government’s forces and to "slow down combat, in order to avoid civilian casualties".

Baghdad government’s forces, backed by air cover from a US-led coalition, are currently engaged in a wide-scale offensive aimed at driving ISIS out of Mosul, the terrorist group's last stronghold in northern Iraq.


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