The World Health Organization said Wednesday that of the 700,000 people expected to flee Mosul, some 200,000 will require emergency health services, including more than 90,000 children needing vaccinations and 8,000 pregnant women.
Iraqi forces seeking to oust Daesh from Mosul have halted operations to adjust to the extremist group's tactics, the USA -led coalition said Friday, APA reports quoting Reuters. Those executed included 190 former Iraqi security forces and 40 civilians, United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a news briefing.
Reuters spoke to a woman and an elderly man inside the Daesh-held city, who were part of group of families forced to leave the villages of Safiya and Ellezaga, about 30 km and 50 km to the south.
"We are gravely anxious by reports that (ISIS) is using civilians in and around Mosul as human shields as the Iraqi forces advance, keeping civilians close to their offices or places where fighters are located, which may result in civilian casualties", Zeid said.
Ms Shamdasani said the reports "have been corroborated to the extent possible".
While the pause is "widespread", Dorrian said it should only last a couple of days.
News of the latest atrocity came as Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups said they were about to launch a major offensive west of Mosul. He said US airstrikes were able to destroy 40 to 45 of the trucks.
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As Iraqi forces prepare to attack from the south, they dodge armored suicide truck bombs, ISIS firing high-powered projectiles and explosives from the east.
Abdulrahman al Wagga, a member of the Nineveh provincial council, told CNN the security forces had taken the town of al Shura, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Mosul, and had evacuated 5,000 to 6,000 civilians.
The incident coincided with ongoing military operations by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi troops against ISIS in the vicinity of Mosul-the ISIS main bastion in Iraq.
There was no way to independently confirm the account, but it tracks with those given by other witnesses to the forced displacement who have spoken to the AP in the past week. "Also on Wednesday ISIS executed 190 former Iraqi security forces for refusing to join them, in the Al Ghazlani base near Mosul". Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is still home to more than 1 million people. "We did expect them to do this type of thing".
Meanwhile Iraqi security forces continue their advance on Mosul.
More than 5,000 US troops have been deployed to Iraq, the majority of whom are backing the ongoing operation directly or indirectly, according to the Pentagon.