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Mosul: 500 civilians killed, calls to declare the city a disaster zone

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Authority in the Iraqi city of Mosul demanded to open an investigation following the killing of hundreds of civilians in coalition strikes Thursday.

The Mosul district council called for an immediate halt of airstrikes in the city’s west and to declare it a “disaster zone”, adding” two days now we are appealing for civil defense help to rescue civilians.”

Around 230 civilian, mostly women and children, were killed overnight in strikes targeted three adjoining residences in “new al Mosul” district

Meanwhile, military offensive on parts of the city has been put on hold whilst joint forces prepare for new assault adopting new tactics to protect civilians in populated areas.

On the other hand, Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights put the toll of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes in the past few days to 500.