MOSCOW, 11 Dec — RIA Novosti. International human rights organization Amnesty International has called for an investigation into crimes against civilians in Iraq committed by both sides during the battle for the liberation of the Iraqi city from the terrorist group “Islamic state.”*
On Monday, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi has officially declared victory over ISIS* Mosul.
“It is necessary to immediately establish an independent Commission that would ensure the thorough investigation of any cases in which there is credible evidence of violations of international law, and the publication of its results,” — said in the statement.
Earlier human rights defenders have repeatedly stated that the is militants* during the siege of the city violated international law and committed war crimes. In particular, according to them, they used people as human shields and “killed hundreds, if not thousands” of people who were trying to flee the besieged city.
download videoto copy the linkto code Families with children on foot got out of Mosul to hop on a bus to Erbil
Government forces of Iraq and the coalition against IG under the leadership of the United States, according to human rights activists, held a “series of unlawful attacks” in the city. According to the organization, Pro-government forces had used “weapons of explosive action and inaccurate” guns and, presumably, used force disproportionate.
“Forces of Iraq and the coalition has not taken adequate measures to protect civilians, instead they subjected them to terrible effect weapons that should never be used in densely populated residential areas,” — said human rights activists.
Campaign to expel ISIS in Mosul for more than three years detained militants began in October last year. In June, the Iraqi command announced the start of an offensive against the last defences of the IG* in the historical part of Mosul. The operation involved army special forces, the Federal police rapid reaction force and the armed forces of Iraq.
*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.
to download a videocopy the linkcode to the Offensive of the Iraqi army in Western Mosul. Footage of the liberation operation