IS human shields
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.