Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Eight dead bodies of civilians were recovered from under the debris, while removing the rubble near Tigris river in Mosul, a source from the civil defense said on Saturday.
Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Maher Salem said “civil defense forces managed to recover bodies of eight dead civilians, including five children, who were killed during liberation battles in Mosul.”
“The forces recovered the bodies while removing the rubble from the regions of al-Maydan and al-Makawi, near Tigris,” Salem added.
The bodies “were sent to forensic medicine department to recognize their relatives,” he added.
Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.
A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.