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Kurdish officals: ISIS killed 140 civilians, then publicly hung some bodies

By Rudaw 7/4/2017
Kurdish officals: ISIS killed 140 civilians, then publicly hung some bodies
The dead body from western Mosul last month. Photo: AFP | Aris Messinis
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Hundreds of civilians trying to flee Mosul were killed by ISIS, with some of their bodies being hung from electrical poles across the city, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Friday.

"According to our CT Department, on Monday and Tuesday, ISIS massacred 140 civilians fleeing to areas controlled by Iraqi forces," tweets from the KRSC stated.

ISIS mass killings, public executions and killings for fleeing have been widely reported.

An Associated Press investigation in August 2016 estimated that between 5,200 and 15,000 people are buried in mass graves in Iraq and Syria.

"Some bodies were later hung on electrical poles in [the] Eslah, Zirai and Tanak neighbourhoods. Others were taken to nearby frontlines," the KRSC wrote.

Eslah is located in western Mosul near the northern area of Hayy Al Uraybi, and Tanak is in far western Mosul near Kahraba al Yarmuk.

Zirai is in eastern Mosul near Sennacherib Palace.

Lise Grande, the United Nation's representative to the Assistance Mission in Iraq, described the choices that face people from Mosul last month.

“Whether you stay or whether you go, there are significant risks to civilians,” Grande said, adding those who chose to stay face extreme risks from crossfire, snipers and explosive hazards; while families who chose to leave are equally at risk: families get separated, ISIS targets them and there is a risk of explosive hazards.

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