Islamic State militants in Mosul have reportedly been killing civilians for not co-operating as the battle for control of the Iraqi city intensifies. The UN says 12 civilians were shot dead on 11 November when they tried to stop militants launching rockets from the roofs of the homes in the Bakir area.
Militants allegedly killed 27 others suspected of passing information to Iraqi security forces. The government launched an offensive to recapture Mosul six weeks ago.
Special forces and army units entered the city’s eastern outskirts at the start of this month. However, their progress has since been slowed by sniper fire, suicide car bomb attacks and the presence of more than a million civilians still living there.(BBC,2016)