ISIS targeting civilians in Mosul’s al-Qadisiyah
A booby-trapped tanker blew up in Mosul’s Qadisiyah neighborhood, killing at least 24 and wounding dozens more
Sources close to Al Arabiya reported the deaths of dozens of civilians at the hand of an ISIS booby-trapped tanker that exploded on Saturday, in the newly-liberated Qadisiyah neighborhood east of Mosul.
Media sources indicated that the bomber driving a booby-trapped tanker blew himself up in the morning in the Qadisiyah neighborhood, killing at least 24 and wounding dozens more, including women and children. The sources added that the militant group targeted the civilian residents of the neighborhood for their cooperation with anti-terrorism forces.
Amid an imminent final military push to boot ISIS out of Mosul and the elation its residence for the deposition of the notorious militants, some are alarmed and expressed their skepticism and fear of likely violations and abuse by Iraqi military following its integration with the Shiite-led Popular Mobilization Units.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al Abadi, announced in a statement published Friday, that the decisive battle against ISIS is looming soon, emphasizing that Iraqi army is advancing from all axis to restore Mosul. As the military offensive to drive out ISIS mount, more people are forced to flee the area, prompting the UN and aid agencies to warn of a humanitarian crisis, especially as winter increases the suffering of the displaced people living in refugee camps.
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