Iraq/US-Led Coalition: Weapons Choice Endangers Mosul Civilians https://t.co/cSYg55Hebo— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) June 8, 2017
The Independent: Up to 80 civilians 'killed in US air strike' in Mosul, UN confirms
Human rights groups warn indiscriminate bombing of densely populated areas and use of heavy ordinance could amount to war crimes
The UN’s human rights office has said that an initial investigation has confirmed that between 50 - 80 Iraqi civilians were killed in a recent US-led coalition bombing of Mosul, while hundreds more died at the hands of Isis militants.
Strikes on 31 May were reported to have caused civilians deaths, but the death toll was not clear. Around 231 more people are thought to have died from Isis shelling, snipers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) fleeing the west of the city at around the same time.
The UN is still seeking additional information, a statement said on Thursday.
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WNU Editor: I am reading reports that 200,000 civilians are trapped in what is basically a few square kilometres of urban terrain. I am also reading reports that there are still a lot of ISIS fighters remaining who have made the decision to fight to the death. Bottom line .... this is urban warfare at its worse .... and it is not going to end well for the thousands who are trapped.
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'Significant escalation' of civilian deaths in Mosul -- Al Jazeera
UN, Rights Groups Warn Of Civilian Deaths In Mosul Battle -- RFE
Deadly Choices: Mosul Families Face Gunfire, Bombs or Starvation -- VOA
‘Excessive risk’: Leading NGOs unite to criticize Mosul bombing campaign -- RT