LEEDS — the Islamic State (IS) militants continue to kill civilians who attempt to leave the IS-held areas of western Mosul. The group has recently executed 16 people for trying to escape, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul said on Wednesday.
According to Said Mamuziny, a sister representative of the leading Kurdish party, who spoke to Sputnik on Wednesday, many civilians are dying in the process of liberating the city, as the IS militants use them as human shields.
He pointed out that the extremist group tries to prevent the escape of all civilians, that is why they kill everyone who tries to flee the areas.
Mamuziny further added that just recently the IS militants executed 16 local residents who tried to leave the city and go to the safe areas. He explained that the total number of killed civilians who tried to escape from IS is 325 only for the month of April.
In addition, the KDP official said that the IS extremists continue using people as human shields, so it is fair to say that the people who remain in those areas are held hostage.
However, the Iraqi forces predict that the operation against IS in Mosul is nearing its end, as the Iraqi army, backed by the US-led coalition, continues to advance against the IS group.