30 civilians, 10 IS militants killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Mosul

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Mosul ( Airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Mosul killed 30 civilians as well as ten militants on Tuesday, according to municipal and security officials.

A strike by coalition fighter jets targeting a moving booby-trapped vehicle in Mosul al-Jadida district killed 30 civilians, according to Ghazwan al-Dawodi, chairman of the Nineveh province’s human rights committee, who spoke in a press statement.

Dawodi said the victims included women and children as the explosion damaged a number of houses packed with residents.

Mosul al-Jadida was the stage of an earlier deadly strike in March which killed more than 200 civilians, an incident which sparked an international outrage that prompted the United States to promise an investigation.

Mosul al-Jadida district in western Mosul (Google Maps)

Also on Tuesday, coalition fighters pounded IS locations in al-Thawra, a district where Iraqi forces have been involved in intense fighting with IS over the past week, becoming closer to fully recapturing it.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the strike left more than 10 militants dead, and seriously wounded Salem (Abu Qahtan) al-Othman, a senior member in charge of the group’s so-called “security committees”.

Iraqi forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January, and sat on a new offensive in February to retake the western side of the city.

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