UN Condemns Use of Human Shields in Mosul Battle

تم نشره في Thu 3 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
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NEW YORK — The UN Security Council late Wednesday condemned the use of human shields in Iraq, saying all sides must avoid harming civilians in the battle to drive the Daesh fighters from Mosul.

Reports of the group fighters taking civilians from their homes and rounding them up to serve as human shields alarmed council members, said Senegal’s Deputy Ambassador Georgui Ciss, whose country holds the council presidency.

"Members condemn the use of human shields and call on all parties to take all feasible precautions with a view to avoiding harm to civilians and civilian objects in accordance with international humanitarian law," he said.

The council urged all UN member-states to contribute to a USD284 million flash appeal for Mosul and humanitarian aid plan, both of which he said were "critically underfunded," he further added.

State-members also expressed their strong support for the coordinated efforts of the United Nations and the Iraqi government to address the humanitarian crisis in the Iraqi province of Nineveh, urging the international community to contribute and response to the United Nations humanitarian appeal, which still lack of adequate funding.

Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said he was pleased with the council’s support.