20 bodies of women, children killed by IS found south of Mosul

Security forces find mass grave in Mosul. File photo.

Mosul ( Twenty bodies of women and children, executed by the Islamic State, were found in the south of Nineveh province, a medical source said.

“The hospital of Qayyarah town, south of Mosul, received 20 bodies of women and children who were killed by IS while trying to escape the western side of Mosul,” the source told Alsumaria on Monday. The bodies were found by security troops near the town, he added.

Qayyara, south of Mosul (google maps)

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said “some bodies are decayed. They were buried at the same places, where they were executed by the militants.”

Tens of civilians who flee regions controlled by IS have been shot dead or killed by mines planted by the militants.

Hundreds of civilians and security members were executed by IS since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” in 2014. The executions were carried out over accusations of collaboration with the Iraqi security authorities or for attempting to flee areas under its control.

Iraqi forces and allied militias have found several mass graves in Islamic State-held areas since the Iraqi government, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition, launched a major security offensive in October 2016 to recapture the city of Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.

Iraqi and coalition forces are also facing accusations of causing dozens of civilian deaths over the past month while targeting IS locations in Mosul.

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