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Islamic State slaughters 60 people over treason in Mosul: UN

As Iraqi forces have pushed their nearly month-long offensive to retake Mosul, ISIS has increased atrocities on civilians

Islamic State group fighters reportedly shot dead more than 60 people this week and hung some of their bodies from poles after alleging they had collaborated with Iraqi troops, the United Nations said on Friday.

As Iraqi forces have pushed their nearly month-long offensive to retake Mosul, ISIS has increased atrocities on civilians. The UN human rights office has raised alarm over hundreds of grotesque atrocities committed by IS in last few days.

The UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said, “On Tuesday, ISIL reportedly shot and killed 40 civilians in Mosul city after accusing them of ‘treason and collaboration’ with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).”

She added that the victims were dressed in orange clothes marked in red with words: ‘traitors and agents of the ISF’. Their bodies were later hung on electrical poles in several areas in Mosul city.

A local resident has said that the ISIS gathered people in some of the streets of Mosul and publicly executed a number of people of various ages, some of them by gunfire and others by beheading.

The UN in a statement said that on Wednesday, IS slaughtered another 20 people at the Ghabat Military Base in northern Mosul after accusing them of leaking information. All of the killings apparently followed rulings by the so-called courts established by IS.

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