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IS shot dead 40 civil­ians in Mo­sul bat­tle

So-called Is­lamic State shot dead 40 civil­ians on Tues­day in the north­ern Iraqi city of Mo­sul af­ter ac­cus­ing them of trea­son, the United Na­tions says.

Their bod­ies were then hung from elec­tric­ity poles in sev­eral dis­tricts, the of­fice of the UN Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sioner said, cit­ing sources.

A man was also re­port­edly shot dead in public in cen­tral Mo­sul for ig­nor­ing an IS ban on us­ing mo­bile phones.

Iraqi se­cu­rity forces are con­tin­u­ing their push to take Mo­sul back from IS.

The killings of the civil­ians ap­peared to have been car­ried out on the or­ders of self-ap­pointed “courts”, ac­cord­ing to the UN re­port.

The 40 civil­ians were ac­cused of “trea­son and col­lab­o­ra­tion” and dressed in or­ange clothes marked in red with the words “traitors and agents of the ISF” (Iraqi Se­cu­rity Forces).

The UN says 20 civil­ians were also shot dead on Wed­nes­day evening at the Gha­bat mil­i­tary base in north­ern Mo­sul, sup­pos­edly for leak­ing in­for­ma­tion.

The UN also ex­pressed con­cern at IS’s de­ploy­ment of teenagers and young boys. Chil­dren are ap­par­ently seen in an IS video is­sued on Wed­nes­day shoot­ing dead four peo­ple for spy­ing.

IS also an­nounced on 6 Novem­ber that it had be­headed seven mil­i­tants for de­sert­ing the bat­tle­field in the Kokjali district of east­ern Mo­sul, the UN says.

Among the sources cited for the UN’s in­for­ma­tion was a man who played dead dur­ing a mass killing by IS fight­ers.

UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Raad al-Hus­sein called for the gov­ern­ment to “act quickly to re­store ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment in ar­eas re­taken from ISIL [IS] to en­sure that cap­tured fight­ers and their per­ceived sup­port­ers are dealt with ac­cord­ing to the law”.

Pro-gov­ern­ment forces launched an of­fen­sive to re­take Mo­sul last month. The city has been oc­cu­pied by IS since 2014.

The op­er­a­tion, now into its fourth week, in­volves some 50,000 Iraqi se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel, sol­diers, po­lice, Kur­dish Pesh­merga fight­ers, Sunni Arab tribes­men and Shia mili­ti­a­men.

Troops have re­port­edly been con­sol­i­dat­ing gains made in the east­ern out­skirts of Mo­sul, which they en­tered nine days ago amid fierce re­sis­tance.

There have also been al­le­ga­tions of atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by gov­ern­ment forces.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional re­ported on Thurs­day that men dressed in Iraqi fed­eral po­lice uni­forms tor­tured and killed up to six residents of vil­lages south of Mo­sul for hav­ing sus­pected ties to IS.

The fed­eral po­lice deny in­volve­ment.

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