Iraqi troops inch ahead in Mosul as UN says chemicals used


"The most powerful resistance for us was here", he said of the fight for the last town to Mosul's south.

ISIL executed scores of people around Mosul and are stockpiling chemicals in civilian areas, according to the UN.

The grave was discovered in the town of Hamam al Alil - around 30km from Mosul - on Monday evening. State-sanctioned Shiite militias and Kurdish forces say they won't enter the city, and the government has vowed to investigate any human rights violations and hold people accountable.

ISIS posted video footage Wednesday, "showing four children, believed to be between 10 and 14 years old, shooting to death four people for spying for the ISF and the Peshmerga", the report said, referring to Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

ISIS shot and killed 40 civilians Tuesday in Mosul after accusing them of "treason and collaboration" with Iraqi security forces, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Since the launch of the Mosul offensive more than three weeks ago, the ISIS militants scaled up their bomb attacks in various parts of the country. "We also have reports of other mass graves which we haven't yet been able to verify", Shamdasani told reporters, Reuters reported.

In late October, an Iraqi manning a checkpoint south of Mosul with soldiers, Federal Police and local militiamen told The Associated Press that he personally killed two men he said he knew to be IS militants because he saw them commit crimes.

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She said people with explosive belts, possibly teenagers or young boys, are being deployed in the alleyways of Old Mosul.

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday accused [press release] members of the Iraqi police force of torturing and unlawfully killing villagers during an operation to liberate Mosul from Islamic State (IS) forces.

Specifically, reporters claim that there are large stacks of ammonia and sulfur in civilian areas.

The military in Russian Federation, which has sided with the Damascus regime, said Friday it had evidence of the use of chemical weapons by rebels in Syria's besieged eastern city of Aleppo, a charge denied by the opposition.

Since the Mosul operation began, Human Rights Watch has documented ISIS forcibly evacuating civilians under their control alongside the group's fighters, apparently to use them as "human shields".

"It is crucial that the Iraqi authorities carry out prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigations into these crimes under worldwide law, and bring those responsible to justice".

United Nations human rights officers are continuing to monitor the impact of the armed conflict on civilians, directly and through information provided by implementing partners and networks of sources. Also, it is reportedly taking time to consolidate the areas already captured from ISIS and cleanse them of booby traps and snipers. He concluded that the characteristic "garlic" odor and the burning of the eyes, which one man described right after the attack in his garden; the subsequent reddening of the skin; and the delayed appearance of blisters on the skin of the seven injured men are consistent with exposure to low levels of a chemical warfare agent of the type known as "vesicants", or blister agents.