We deplore the high number of civilian casualties that may result from the clashes in which the coalition is faced with Daesh’s brutality.
We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. An investigation must be carried out whenever necessary.
Protecting the lives of the civilian populations and easing their suffering are priorities for the Iraqi authorities and the coalition partners.
In contrast, Daesh is using civilians as human shields in order to slow down the Iraqi forces’ advance. This terrorist group is continuing to sow death on Iraqi territory through these attacks and is systematically destroying Mosul’s infrastructure.
We utterly condemn these practices, which once again reflect how little respect Daesh has for human life.