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Iraq

Stunning loss of life in west Mosul, says UN as bodies dug out of rubble

By Rudaw 24/3/2017
Watch: Video in Kurdish
MOSUL, Iraq – Destroyed homes and bodies buried beneath the rubble are the scenes increasingly coming out of west Mosul. 

On Thursday, an estimated 200 civilians were killed. Initial reports indicate a coalition airstrike hit explosives laid by ISIS near three houses where the militants had gathered large numbers of civilians. 

“We are stunned by this terrible loss of life and wish to express our deepest condolences to the many families who have reportedly been impacted by this tragedy,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, said on Friday in a press release. 

“Nothing in this conflict is more important than protecting civilians,” she continued. “International humanitarian law is clear. Parties to the conflict – all parties – are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians. This means that combatants cannot use people as human shields and cannot imperil lives through indiscriminate use of fire-power.”

Rudaw’s cameras in west Mosul on Friday filmed survivors looking for the bodies of their relatives. The small hand of a child could be seen reaching out beneath the rubble as men work to pull out the bodies. 

The fierce fight between ISIS and Iraqi security forces has left a high level of destruction in west Mosul.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 500 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes. 

The coalition said it is investigating the reports of civilian casualties resulting from airstrikes on the city. 

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 24/3/2017
ISIS is copying a page out of Hamas' book.
benvw | 25/3/2017
Where is the out cry now from the west about the civilian casualtys
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson | 25/3/2017
100 less Muslims in this world to deal with.
New | 25/3/2017
With liberating Mosul and Raqqa isis will not be defeated. Reform and respect of human rights will stabilize the region
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 25/3/2017
@Bill Thompson, your statement says it all about the inner depths of western hatred and cruelty. At least you said something but your media are quietly enjoying the slaughter. You are hostile to all people who live in this part of the world because you see the world as yours. We should care no less than you do about what happens to you but we Kurds need to revisit our love affair with the west.
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