Iraqi Army Rescues 250 Kidnapped Civilians Used As Human Shields By Isis

Iraqi Army Rescues 250 Kidnapped Civilians Used As Human Shields By Isis

 Around 250 civilians, including women and children, who were kidnapped and believed to have been used as human shields by Islamic State (ISIS) were rescued by Iraqi forces in Mosul on Sunday (April 23).

A security source told Iraqi government media that an assault on ISIS by Iraqi government forces captured ammunition and military vehicles belonging to the militants in an old industrial area, near Mosul’s Jadida neighborhood.

In the same assault, Iraqi forces found and freed around 250 civilians that had been kidnapped by the militants.

In an aim to slow the Iraqi army’s advance, ISIS had attempted to use those civilians as human shields, according to the security source.

The battle to free Mosul - between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces - is now in its seventh month and has taken a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped in neighborhoods inside the city, still under the control of the militants.

Among civilians that have fled, severely malnourished babies have been admitted to hospitals in government-held areas.

The operation to regain full control of Mosul from ISIS militants began on October 17 last year.

Iraqi forces liberated the eastern side of Mosul in February and continue the operation to regain the western side.