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Around 100,000 Children in peril in Mosul due to fight between ISIS and Iraqi Forces: UN

Children are being killed, injured and used as human shields and "are experiencing and witnessing terrible violence that no human being should ever witness

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Children in Iraq and Syria are being rashly used as human shields by ISIS. Wikimedia
  • About 100,000 girls and boys remain in extremely dangerous conditions in the old city and other areas of west Mosul
  • Children are being used as a shield to protect themselves by the Islamic Group
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities are also under attack

Mosul, June 6, 2017: Around 100,000 children are in peril in beleaguered west Mosul and some have reportedly been killed trying to flee fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State jihadists, which is worsening hour to hour, the United Nations’ children agency said on Monday.

“An estimated 100,000 girls and boys remain in extremely dangerous conditions in the old city and other areas of west Mosul,” said Unicef’s Iraq representative Peter Hawkins.

He did not give a specific number for killed children.

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“Many (children) are caught in the crossfire and hospitals and other medical facilities have reportedly come under attack,” Hawkins said.

Children are being killed, injured and used as human shields and “are experiencing and witnessing terrible violence that no human being should ever witness,” he added.

“In some cases, they have been forced to participate in the fighting and violence,” he said.

Unicef urged all sides in the fighting in Mosul to respect their obligations under humanitarian law protect children at all times and cease “attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals, clinics, schools, homes and water systems should stop immediately”.

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At least 26 bodies of “blindfolded and handcuffed” men were found in government-controlled areas and around city since the operation to re-take Mosul from IS militants started in October, US group Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

Fifteen of the men were executed by Iraqi government forces who were holding them on suspicion of being affiliated with IS, raising concerns about government responsibility for the killings, HRW said. (IANS)

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Action Needs To Be Taken Against Terrorism, Not a Country: John Abraham

John plays the protagonist in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles

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Actor John Abraham on Monday said action needs to be taken against terrorism instead of waging a war against a country or religion.

At the trailer launch of his upcoming film titled “RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)”, based on the real life story of a spy, the actor was asked about the escalating tension between India and Pakistan post the February 14 Pulwama attack.

John said: “There has to be a war against terror (ism) and not against a country or any religion. I am very clear with my outlook on that.

“I am not one of those actors who will say that ‘People will like this, so let’s do it’. I say things as it is. These days, polarization is happening and that is dangerous.”

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Directed by Robbie Grewal, “RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)” is slated to release on April 5.

Asked if the plan to release the film at a time when patriotism is on a new high would favour the box office business of the film, John said: “We do not want to sound like opportunists in this current situation because we had decided to release the film around this time almost a year ago.

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“Back then, the situation was certainly not the same. However, keeping the present in mind, I think in the current ecosystem, it resonates with what is happening in the country.”

John plays the protagonist in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles. (IANS)