UN reports killings, atrocities by IS in Iraq

  • Peshmerga 1st Sgt. Ayub Mustafa holds part of a defused bomb planted by Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck) Adam Schreck

  • Khan Amir Mohammed, 60, looks at notes left behind by Islamic State fighters who stayed in his home during their occupation of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck) Adam Schreck

  • A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter inspects the interior of a house destroyed by fighting with Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Felipe Dana

  • Shoes and artillery sit in the interior of a house formally used by Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Felipe Dana

  • Khan Amir walks inside his house, that was being used by Islamic State militants, after it was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Felipe Dana

  • A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter walks inside a house formally used by Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Felipe Dana

  • An Iraqi Federal Police officer examines human remains at a site of a mass grave of victims of Islamic State militants in Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, Iraq, on Friday. AP PHOTO

  • An Iraqi Federal Police officer inspects a former prison used by Islamic State militants in Hamam al-Alil, some 10 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Marko Drobnjakovic

  • A man helps Iraqi Federal Police officers break through a wall as they inspect a former prison used by Islamic State militants in Hamam al-Alil, some 10 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Marko Drobnjakovic

  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rest on the side of the road after taking the city from Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Felipe Dana

  • EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - An Iraqi Federal Police officer stands at a site of a mass grave of people killed by Islamic State militants in Hamam al-Alil, some 10 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Marko Drobnjakovic

  • An Iraqi Federal Police officer stands inside a former prison used by Islamic State militants in Hamam al-Alil, some 10 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Marko Drobnjakovic

Published: 11/11/2016 10:32:39 PM

BASHIQA, Iraq — New reports emerged Friday of public killings and other atrocities committed against Mosul residents by Islamic State militants, including dozens of civilians whose bullet-riddled bodies were hung from telephone polls after they were accused of using cellphones to leak information to Iraqi forces.

The United Nations human rights office said IS fighters killed some 70 civilians in Mosul this week, part of a litany of abuses to come to light in recent days, including torture, sexual exploitation of women and girls, and use of child soldiers who were filmed executing civilians.

The revelations are the latest reports of IS brutality as the group retreats into dense urban quarters of Iraqi’s second-largest city, forcing the population to go with them as human shields.

In its report, the U.N. human rights office in Geneva said IS shot and killed 40 people on Tuesday after accusing them of “treason and collaboration,” saying they communicated with Iraqi security forces by cellphone. The bodies, dressed in orange jumpsuits, were hung from electrical poles in Mosul.

A day later, the extremists reportedly shot to death 20 civilians at a military base. Their bodies were hung at traffic stops in Mosul, with signs saying they “used cellphones to leak information.”

A Mosul resident, reached by telephone, said crowds have been watching the killings in horror. One victim was a former police colonel, he said, speaking in anonymity out of fear for his safety.

The militants have gone door to door in villages south of Mosul, ordering hundreds to march at gunpoint into the city. Combat in Mosul’s dense urban areas is expected to be heavy, and the presence of civilians will slow the army’s advance as it seeks to avoid casualties.

IS militants have boasted of the atrocities in grisly online photos and video. The United Nations has urged authorities to collect evidence of IS abuses of civilians to use in eventually prosecuting the militants in tribunals.

Iraqi troops are advancing from four fronts on Mosul, the last major IS holdout in Iraq. As Iraqi special forces battle in eastern neighborhoods of the city, Kurdish peshmerga forces are holding a line north of the city, while Iraqi army and militarized police units approach from the south.


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