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U.N. stunned by multiple civilian casualties in western Mosul
March 25, 2017 / 11:22 AM / 7 months ago

U.N. stunned by multiple civilian casualties in western Mosul

Displaced people are checked by Iraqi forces as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations expressed profound concern on Saturday over reports of an incident in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul that caused a high number of civilian casualties.

“We are stunned by this terrible loss of life,” Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.

Local officials and residents said on Thursday that dozens of people were buried in collapsed buildings after an air raid against Islamic State militants in the al-Aghawat al-Jadidah district triggered a huge explosion last week.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, Writing by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Julia Glover

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