Thursday, 01 December 2016 07:05

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani

Geneva, 29 November 2016 - We continue to receive reports of serious breaches of international human rights and international humanitarian law by ISIL in and around Mosul. ISIL has been installing rocket launchers and placing snipers on the rooftops of civilian houses. Those who refuse to allow their houses to be used in this way are threatened or killed.

On 11 November, ISIL reportedly shot and killed 12 civilians in Bakir neighbourhood in eastern Mosul city for allegedly refusing to allow ISIL to install and launch rockets from the rooftops of their houses. These families are effectively used as human shields, placed squarely in harm’s way, caught between ISIL and Iraqi Security Force fire responding to rocket and sniper attacks.

We are also deeply worried about the fate of hundreds of people who have reportedly being abducted by ISIL and moved to unknown locations. ISIL is also continuing to abduct and forcibly move civilians, and to kill those it suspects of leaking information to the ISF. Reports suggest that on 25 November, ISIL publicly shot to death 27 civilians in Muhandiseen Park in northern Mosul city. There have also been reports of ISIL shooting at fleeing civilians, including one report from 22 November of an ISIL sniper killing a seven-year-old child who was running towards the ISF in Adan neighbourhood in eastern Mosul.
ENDS

For more information and media requests, please contact Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9767/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Ravina Shamdasani (+41 22 917 9169 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Liz Throssell (+41 22 917 9466 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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