Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N.
High Commissioner for Human Rights.
(CNSNews.com) –The Islamic State shot and killed 163 civilians last week to stop them from fleeing Mosul, Iraq, according to the United Nations.
U.N. Human Rights’ chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, released the number during his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, June 6.
"Yesterday, my staff reported to me that bodies of [those] murdered Iraqi men, women and children still lay on the streets of the al-Shira neighborhood of western Mosul," Hussein said. “The brutality of Daesh [Islamic State] and other terrorist groups seemingly knows no bounds.”
Hussein’s spokesman, Rupert Colville, told the AFP news agency that the killings reportedly took place on Thursday, June 1.
ISIS members with prisoners in Mosul, Iraq. (YouTube)
Prior to the broad assault in late May launched by Iraqi forces to seize Islamic State-held territory, prominent aid groups had expressed their concerns over the safety of civilians at risk of being caught in the crossfire.
According to Al-Jazeera, UNICEF warned on Monday, June 5, that around 100,000 children were still facing extreme danger in Islamic State territory.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) also said on Monday that at least 26 male bodies were found "blindfolded and handcuffed" in government-controlled areas and around the city since the operation started.
PressTV, Iran’s television network based in Tehran, reported that Islamic State fighters have been scattered among civilians, using bombings, mortar attacks and snipers in an effort to hold off the Iraqi forces, but the liberation of Mosul would strip the terrorist group of its last urban stronghold in Iraq.