Battle for Mosul takes toll on civilians

Rights groups say U.S.-backed airstrikes, artillery kill indiscriminately in Iraq

Posted: June 10, 2017 at 3:26 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2017 at 3:26 a.m.

In this Tuesday, June 6,2017 photo, a boy stands among the rubble of a house in the 17 Tammouz district of western Mosul. Human rights organizations say that Iraqi and coalition forces are using inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate heavy weaponry to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city, putting the tens of thousands of civilians still in Mosul at high risk. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko)

Large numbers of civilians are being killed and injured in western Mosul because Iraqi and U.S.-backed coalition forces are relying on heavy weapons as they struggle to push Islamic State group militants from the city, human-rights organizations warned.

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