IS hu­man shields

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

THE UN says Is­lamic State group ji­hadists could be hold­ing more than 100,000 Iraqi civil­ians as hu­man shields in the Old City of Mo­sul.

Iraqi forces are fight­ing to re­take Mo­sul from IS, af­ter the ji­hadist group over­ran the city in 2014. The UN refugee agency’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, said IS had been cap­tur­ing civil­ians in bat­tles out­side of Mo­sul and had been forc­ing them into the Old City, one of the last parts of the city in their grip.

“More than 100,000 civil­ians may still be held in the Old City. These civil­ians are ba­si­cally held as hu­man shields in the Old City,” Me Geddo said.

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