Air Raids Kill Hundreds of ISIS Hostages in Mosul

Miranda GreerMar 25, 2017

Iraqi forces launched a campaign to retake West Mosul a month ago after capturing the eastern side of the city in January.

The US Central Command has confirmed that they are aware of the massive civilian casualties, confirming Rudaw's report, and said that they were conducting an investigation into the matter.

In an exclusive interview with ARA News, Col. Joe Scrocca, CJTF-OIR Director of Public Affairs, said: "There have been no recent changes in operational procedures for approving airstrikes".

The UN refugee agency said on Thursday that 157,000 people had reached a reception centre for residents fleeing the fighting.

And that's saying a lot, since the current worst has soaring civilian casualties, with U.S. airstrikes killing 230 civilians just overnight in a single neighborhood.

Jabouri said the explosion was caused by booby traps that were set by IS extremists.

The coalition has not given details on any specific air strike or comment on a Mosul Jadida district operation.

Many Mosul residents report their loved ones have died as a result of friendly fire rather than Isis's warfare tactics.

That's an enormous toll, of course, but is reported from several sources telling largely the same story, including that a single USA airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area. They speculated the civilians were "human shields" for ISIS snipers in the area. Bodies were believed to be still buried inside collapsed homes.

Those who choose to stay face extreme risks of being hit by mortar fire and air strikes; while families who choose to leave are equally at risk of being injured or killed in vehicle bombs and snipers.

He added that in the operation, the Iraqi forces seized explosives, a number of weapons and communications equipment from the terror group, the Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.

Dozens of civilians were also purportedly killed last week when a strike on an al-Qaida target blasted a prayer hall in the town of Jinah, in Syria's Aleppo province. With fighting still going on, residents have been unable to recover bodies since the strike, the resident said.

The latest gains have brought government troops and police closer to Mosul's densely populated Old City, where hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped under ISIL rule.

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