Friday, October 28, 2016

IS Abducts 8K Families as Mosul Human Shields; Families Balking to Be Human Shields Shot Dead

The United Nations human rights office revealed today (October 28, 2016) that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) fighters have abducted more than 8,000 families to use as human shields in the upcoming battle with Iraqi forces in Mosul, the Euro News website reports.

Iraqi forces are closing in on Mosul -- Iraq's second largest city -- recapturing several nearby villages from ISIS militants.

As the jihadists retreat from Mosul, they have been taking the residents with them to be used as human shields; those residents who refused to be human shields were shot on the spot and killed by by ISIS.

"ISIS's depraved cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilian hostages to render certain points, areas, or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields," UN Human Rights Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters.

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