MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Nations has concluded that Daesh has perpetrated serious violations that amount to “international crimes” during Iraq’s campaign to liberate the city of Mosul, the UN Human Rights office said on Thursday.
“A UN report concludes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) perpetrated serious and systematic violations that amount to ‘international crimes’ during the nine-month military campaign to liberate Mosul City in Iraq,” its statement reads.
The report called on the international community to take action “to ensure that those responsible for international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are held accountable.”
"During the course of the operation to retake Mosul City thousands of civilians were subjected to shocking human rights abuses and clear violations of international humanitarian law. 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," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said as quoted in the report.
According to UN figures, at least 2,521 civilians were killed during the military operation to retake Mosul, "mostly as a result of ISIL [Daesh] attacks."