ISIL fighters in Mosul "used loudspeakers to threaten civilians with death"

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Pictured here the destruction in 17 Tammuz district, western Mosul, Iraq, one of the most important districts in Mosul. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

Grave human rights violations were committed by ISIL fighters against civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul which amount to "international crimes", a new UN report published on Thursday claimed.

Focusing on the insurgents' efforts to resist the Iraqi military which finally retook the city in July, the report indicates that more than 2,500 civilians were killed, mostly as a result of ISIL attacks.

It highlights how the group used loudspeakers to tell civilians they were "legitimate targets" because they had failed to fight government forces.

The report also urges the Iraqi authorities to investigate alleged violations by its forces, Jeremy Laurence from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) which co-authored the report, told Daniel Johnson.

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