Daesh holds 100000 civilians as 'human shields' in Mosul, UN says

Daesh holds 100000 civilians as 'human shields' in Mosul, UN says

Daesh holds 100000 civilians as 'human shields' in Mosul, UN says

The militants now control only a handful of neighborhoods in and around the Old City.

The Indian hostages in Mosul are safe and so far no demand has been made for their release.

The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the so-called "caliphate" declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by Daesh terror leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in a speech from a historic mosque in the old city.

The UN refugee agency said Friday that ISIS militants may be holding more than 100,000 civilians as human shields in the historic district of Mosul with a government offensive to recapture the northern Iraqi city entering its ninth month.

The U.N. refugee agency representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, said the Iraqi military must take great care because the risks for the civilian population from both the fighting and IS are enormous.

"We know that ISIS moved them with them as they left... locations where the fighting was going on", the United Nations refugee agency's representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, said.

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US-backed Iraqi forces have been battling the extremists in Mosul, the country's second largest city, since October.

"We know that ISIS moved them with them as they left... locations where the fighting was going on", he said.

In an online statement, Islamic State said it killed 40 from the Federal police forces deployed in west Mosul and destroyed eight military vehicles.

Indeed if anything, ISIS' ability to hold off advances into their territory in the Old City seems to have them trying to push out again into areas to try to seize territory. The Iraqi military command repeated its concern about the destiny of almost 200,000 civilians who may be trapped behind the lines of the IS, which often use them as human shields, a situation that might delay any offensive.

An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began nine months ago. "These civilians are living in an increasingly worsening situation of penury and panic because they are surrounded by fighting".

Grande said there have been more than 7,000 gunshot wounds of people trying to leave districts still controlled by ISIL.

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