Daesh (IS) killed at least 741 civilians while Iraqi and allied forces were fighting to take the militant stronghold of Mosul, according to the United Nations.
So-called Islamic State murdered the 741 individuals in “execution-style” killings, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
The UN mission to Iraq released a report on the liberation of Mosul that also said “at least 2,521 civilians were killed during the military operation, mostly as a result of ISIL attacks.”
Some 1,673 civilians were also wounded during the offensive.
“The execution-style killing of civilians, the suffering inflicted on families, and the wanton destruction of property can never be tolerated in any armed conflict, and those responsible must answer for their heinous crimes,” said the UN human rights head, Mr Al Hussein.
Mr Al Hussein called for alleged violations carried out by Iraqi forces to be investigated by the UN.
The report says another 461 civilians died in United States-led coalition airstrikes and Iraqi military actions during the most intensive phase of the offensive that started on Feb 19 of this year.
More details to follow. Image 1 of a newly captured but devastated Mosul from the Washington Post.