US-led coalition kills 13 civilians in Mosul

US-led coalition kills 13 civilians in Mosul

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - At least 13 civilians were killed by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in western Mosul on Wednesday, according to a local Air Force pilot.

The raid targeted several houses in Al-Yarmouk neighborhood, which was recently recaptured from Daesh terrorist group in western Mosul, pilot Yazan al-Duberdani said.

"The strike left 17 people injured, mostly seriously," he said.  

Iraqi authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.  

There was no comment from the U.S.-led coalition on the report.  

Wednesday's attack came one day after three members of the same family were killed in a coalition airstrike in western Mosul.  

The United States and some its allies have been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq since June 2014 allegedly targeting Daesh terrorists. The raids, which have done little to dislodge the terror group, have on numerous occasions claimed many civilian lives and inflicted damage on the country’s infrastructure.

On March 17, Iraq's Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported that 237 people had been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes on a Daesh-held neighborhood in western Mosul.

Last month, Amnesty International voiced its concerns over the number of civilian casualties in Mosul, suggesting the US-led coalition may not be doing enough to avoid such casualties.

The UN also expressed “profound concern” over the increase of civilian casualties in the Iraqi city and called on all parties engaged in anti-terror operations in the country to avoid “indiscriminate use of firepower.”


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