'Between the Devil and Deep Sea': Mosul Civilians Suffer From Coalition Strikes

Aydin Maruf, a representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front confirmed to Sputnik Turkey the death of 200 civilians due to the bombings carried out by the US-led coalition forces on Daesh positions in Mosul.

Iraqi families displaced from the city of Mosul arrive at a camp in the Hamam al-Alil area south of the embattled city on March 11, 2017, during the ongoing government forces offensive to retake the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters - Sputnik International
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"The Mosul region of Cedide is under control of Daesh. Coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes in this region for four days. Due to the airstrikes civilians have been killed, whom Daesh terrorists use as human shields. According to available information, the attacks claimed the lives of 200 civilians," Maruf said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey.

The official stressed that the coalition must take into account the presence of the civilian population in the city when carrying out its military operations.

"It should act as carefully as possible. However, this is not the case. There are 12,000 Turkmens living in the Mehlabiye area, in Mosul. The local residents are, literally, between the devil and the deep sea. On one hand, they are attacked by Daesh terrorists, on the other, they are constantly at risk of being targeted by the coalition aircraft," Maruf stated.

"This is a very big problem. Thousands of people have already been killed during the operation in Mosul. Most of them are civilians," he added.

On Thursday, Rudaw media outlet reported that at least 200 people, many of whom were civilians, were killed in airstrikes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
According to reports, the people were taking shelter inside homes when an airstrike hit the buildings. Daesh terrorists could also be among the dead as they are reportedly "entrenched inside civilian homes."

The advance of the Iraqi army was reportedly halted in the area due to the airstrikes. The Iraqi operation to recapture Mosul, the key Daesh stronghold in Iraq, began in October 2016 and resulted in the liberation of Mosul's eastern part this January. The fighting still continues in the city's west.

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