The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that thousands of civilians in Hawija province and its affiliated villages are at risk of the ISIS organization, and warns violations may occur against civilians as the province restores military operations against the organization.
Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in Hawija, and ISIS organization intends to use them as human shields to protect them when the military operations began.
"Hawija’s residents fled as a result of practices and violations committed by ISIS in addition to being subjected to bombardment by the International Aviation. Alliance on the residential neighborhoods because the ISIS elements are living between the residents” the observatory said
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On June 3, dozens of families from Al Zanjili fled the area as battles raged between the Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS. Families attempted to escape towards safe areas under Iraqi Security Forces control, but were faced by ISIS militants on their journey, who killed at least 250 individuals.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights stated that the war against ISIS in Nineveh province has left many children lost away from their parents, unaware of their whereabouts. Likewise, many families have since lost track of their children.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) stated that 250 thousand civilians in the city of Mosul are collecting and eating plants in an attempt to overcome the famine they have been suffering for months.
Eyewitness accounts from the right coast of Mosul displaced from areas that Iraqi Security Forces recentlyliberated, confirmed hundreds of cases of injured civilians and dehydration in children. Many died due to dehydration or famine from areas still under ISIS-control.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) stated that the remaining civilians in the right coast of Mosul are still under threat of airstrikes. Although unidentified, the strikes seem to largely belong to US-led Coalition Forces.
IOHR states that Coalition Air Forces have caused the death of hundreds of civilians in Mosul over the past few weeks, who has used the same tactics, and has not taken any further action to spare civilians its fire, aimed at destroying ISIS targets.
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The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) states that civilians trying to flee from ISIS-controlled areas, particularly during battles between the Iraqi Government and ISIS fighters, have no safe escape routes, where all corridors out of the city are subject to ISIS attacks.
According to IOHR statistics, at least 25 civilians were killed since 1 April 2017 on Abu Zeayan street in the right coast of Mosul, considered one of the ‘safe corridors’ provided by the Iraqi Government Forces.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) stated that dozens of displaced families originally from ISIS-controlled districts: Qaim, Ramadi and Fallujah, face the threat of forcible deportation from Heet disrict in Anbar province, 190 km west of Baghdad.
The monitoring network at IOHR has documented the threats to deport internally displaced people (IDPs) from Falluja and Ramadi, as well as decisions to reject those who have been displaced from areas west of Anbar.
Sources from the old city of Mosul told IOHR: "On Friday, 1 April 2017, ISIS executed 22 families from Al Makkawi area after 22 young men tried to escape the ISIS-controller area with the help of a Syrian smuggler."
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) states that civilian in the Right Coast of Mosul face severe humanitarian conditions. Civilians who try to escape put themselves at risk of execution by ISIS forces, whereas others are faced with starvation.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) has documented the detainment of dozens of families in the right coast of Mosul by ISIS, who has been using them as human shields. In addition, 300 children are detained in Sihha area, Hay Al Tanak, and Rifaee neighborhoods under the pretext that they constitute a threat to members of ISIS.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) has documented that some displaced families from Salah al-Din and Al-Anbar to Kirkuk, were forced to hand over their identification documents to Asayish Forces (the intelligence arm of the Kurdistan Regional Government), who would then force them to leave Kirkuk and go back to their cities, despite the security risks that still exist. However, Azad Jabari, the head of the Security Committee in the Provincial Council in Kirkuk, justified these actions as "personal behavior" committed by a minority of security forces.
Ahmad Falah - IOHR
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights has documented hundreds of cases of families from Salah Al-Din province who are not allowed to return to their home cities, despite the fact that Iraqi Forces announced the liberation of their cities since 2015.
Thousands of civilians in Hawija are still suffering from a humanitarian disaster amidst complete silence from the Iraqi Government. The Iraqi Government has not taken any stance or action towards the situation in Hawija, despite the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights’ (IOHR) efforts and demands to do so.
The Islamic State Organization (ISIS) has kidnapped approximately 1900 civilians from Hawija district in Kirkuk province as they were fleeing the ISIS-controlled territory. The kidnapped civilians were planning to flee from Hawija towards safer areas, when an estimated 100-120 ISIS fighters intercepted their escape in the areas of Um Qasir and Saiha.
Areas in the south and west of Kirkuk have been under ISIS control since June 2014. In Hawija, Iraqi Security Forces have surrounded the district for the past two weeks, driving ISIS fighters to use civilians as human shields.