MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to reports, four aid workers and at least seven civilians standing in a queue for emergency aid in eastern Mosul have been killed by mortar fire, with up to forty others injured.
"This is completely unacceptable and we condemn these actions in the strongest terms," UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande said in the statement.
According to the UN, over 107,000 civilians have been displaced as a result of the armed conflict in and around Mosul. The organization noted that humanitarian aid had reached more than 356,000 people affected by the battle for Mosul.
A government-led operation aimed at retaking Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) terror group, outlawed in Russia, has been underway since mid-October with air support of the US-led international coalition.