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Mosul: 100,000 children trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Islamic State-held areas

Iraq: About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the United Nations said on Monday.

Children were being used as human shields by the insurgents or were caught in crossfire during battle, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Some had been forced to take part in the fighting. Hospitals and clinics had come under attack, it said. "We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul," UNICEF said. "Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour."

A Reuters TV crew on Saturday saw the bodies of dozens of civilians, including children, lying in a frontline street, apparently killed while fleeing the enclave.

Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul in January and began a new push on 27 May to capture the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the city's western side.

The Mosul offensive started in October with air and ground support from a US-led international coalition. It has taken much longer than expected as the militants hide in the middle of civilians.

About 700,000 people, about a third of the pre-war population of Mosul, have already fled, seeking refuge either with friends and relatives or in camps.

"Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals, clinics, schools, homes and water systems should stop immediately," UNICEF said.


Updated Date: Jun 06, 2017 15:00 PM

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