Islamic State mortars kill 16 Iraqi civilians in Mosul

They said the bodies of the 16 killed have been brought to military hospitals in eastern Mosul.

By: AP | Mosul | Published:November 26, 2016 5:20 pm
islamic state, isis, isis mosul, mosul battle. civilians dead mosul, mosul civilians, isis mortar shelling, mosul, iraq isis, mosul isis, world news An Iraqi special forces soldier from the medical unit, treats a civilian man who get injured by a mortar shell, at a field hospital at al-Samah neighborhood, in Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Source: AP Photo)

Iraqi military and hospital officials say mortar rounds fired by Islamic State militants have killed 16 civilians in neighbourhoods already retaken by troops.

They said the bodies of the 16, killed overnight and early Saturday, have been brought to military hospitals in eastern Mosul. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

In Mosul, an Associated Press team in eastern Mosul on Saturday says scores of civilians are continuing to stream out of the inner neighbourhoods of the city to escape the fighting, making their way to camps for the displaced.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says at least 73,000 Iraqis have fled Mosul since the government’s campaign to retake the city began on October 17.