Islamic State arrests workers at western Mosul blood banks

Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Mosul ( Islamic State members have closed down blood banks and medical stores at western Mosul and arrested a number of workers, according to local sources in Nineveh.

Alsumaria News quoted sources at the western side of Mosul saying the group shut down blood banks and medical stores near Mesherfa region. “Daesh (Islamic State) gangs arrested a number of workers at those stores and drove them to unknown destinations after they refused to provide enough blood and medicine to their wounded members,” according to the source.

Earlier reports a few weeks ago said IS had set fire to some blood banks in the western region, with some locals and security officials saying the tactic aimed to create smoke screens and blur vision for fighter jets pounding their locations.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, launched an offensive in October to retake Mosul from IS. Iraqi generals said recently that IS was controlling less than seven percent of Iraq. The conflict has so far displaced more than 460.000 people. The United Nations had voiced concern for the fate of 750.000 in western Mosul, with medical and food supplies shortages, as well as targeted shootings by IS, pressing on the civilian population.

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