ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Islamic State (IS) militants killed civilians in Mosul for refusing to cooperate with their demands, said a UN human rights spokesperson on Tuesday.
The insurgent group killed some civilians for not letting them install rockets and snipers on the roof of their houses, said the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani.
Shamdasani mentioned the extremists also killed suspects for leaking information to the Iraqi security forces inside Mosul as well as those who aimed to escape from the city.
The insurgent group occupied Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, in June 2014. After their expansion to other provinces in the country, in recent months, IS lost most of the territory it once controlled.
“On Nov. 11, [IS] reportedly shot and killed 12 civilians in Bakir neighborhood of eastern Mosul city for allegedly refusing to let it install rockets on the rooftops of their houses,” Reuters quoted Shamdasani during a UN briefing.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched the military operation of liberating Mosul on Oct. 17. Since then, the forces have already entered the city from the north and east.
The UN received information IS had publicly shot over 25 civilians on Nov. 25 in Muhandiseen Park located in the north of the city.
They also mentioned an IS sniper shot a 7-year-old who was running towards the Iraqi forces in Adan quarter, east of Mosul on Nov.22.
The advance of security forces to retake Mosul has been slow in the past weeks.
According to military commanders, IS booby traps, suicide car bombs, and fleeing civilians have largely affected the operation.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany