Islamic State killed at least 232 people near Mosul this week: UN
The rights office has said the jihadists aim to use these people as 'human shields' in the ensuing battle for Mosul against US-backed elite Iraqi troops. Photograph: (AFP)
Islamic State has slaughtered at least 232 people near Mosul last week, the United Nations said on Friday.
"Last Wednesday 232 civilians were reportedly shot to death. Of these there were 190 former Iraqi Security Forces officers," UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva, news agency AFP reported.
"These reports have been corroborated to the extent possible," she added, stressing that the number of people killed in recent days could be higher.
The offensive, backed by a US-led coalition, was launched on October 17.
According to the US, 900 IS militants have died so far in the offensive to retake Iraq’s second-largest city.
About 50,000 Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen are involved in the operation, according to BBC.
Shamdasani said the execution-style killings came as IS was pushing forward with its strategy of forcing people living near the northern Iraqi city into Mosul, AFP reported.
"ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in some districts around Mosul," Shamdasani said.
Iraq's ministry of displacement and migration said on Thursday that more than 11,700 people had been displaced since the operation began.
(WION with inputs from AFP)