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Islamischer Staat ermordet hunderte Zivilisten in Mossul

mossul„Islamic State jihadists in Mosul executed 284 civilians in the city in recent days, 61 of them children, CNN reported Saturday, quoting an unnamed Iraqi security source.  The source said men and boys, who had earlier been used as human shields in fighting against Iraqi forces, were rounded up and shot by IS members on Thursday and Friday. He added that the corpses were dumped in a mass grave. Elite Iraqi troops have been closing in on Mosul, the last jihadist bastion in Iraq, in a long-anticipated offensive to retake the city. CNN noted that it could not independently confirm the report.

On Friday the UN said IS may be preparing to use civilians as human shields, or simply kill them, rather than let them be liberated in the Iraqi offensive. United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said his office had reports that civilians were being held close to IS fighter positions in Mosul, possibly as a buffer against advancing Iraqi forces. ‚There is a grave danger that ISIL fighters will not only use such vulnerable people as human shields but may opt to kill them rather than see them liberated,‘ Zeid said in a statement, using another acronym for IS.“

(Bericht der Times of Israel: „Iraqi official says IS executed hundreds of civilians in Mosul“)


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