IS executes more than 145 civilians for trying to flee Mosul
A file photo dated March 20, 2017, showing Iraqi policemen evacuating a displaced family in a military vehicle from a conflicto area in west Mosul, Iraq. EPA/AHMED JALIL
Mosul, Iraq, May 13 (efe-epa).- The Islamic State terror organization has executed more than 145 civilians over the past 24 hours for trying to flee the western part of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an Iraqi official told EFE on Saturday.
The head of the security committee in the parliament of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Bayati, told EFE that the civilians from al-Zanjili neighborhood in western Mosul were executed after they were caught attempting to escape.
He pointed out that IS extremists hanged the bodies of the victims from electricity poles after declaring them apostates for trying to leave "the land of the caliphate."
Al-Bayati added that the civilians had also been accused of providing information to Iraqi security forces.
Iraqi government forces are now struggling to expel IS combatants from the western part of Mosul, where some neighborhoods are still controlled by IS extremists.
The IS seized large swaths of northern Iraq in the summer of 2014 and proclaimed a caliphate in the territory under its control in that Arab country and neighboring Syria.