“We are stunned by this terrible loss of life and wish to express our deepest condolences to the many families who have reportedly been impacted by this tragedy,” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
“Nothing in this conflict is more important than protecting civilians,” said Ms. Grande. “International humanitarian law is clear. Parties to the conflict — all parties – are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians. This means that combatants cannot use people as human shields and cannot imperil lives through indiscriminate use of fire-power.”
As the fighting to retake Mosul intensifies, civilians are being put at extreme risk. “We fear for the families who are caught in the conflict,” said Ms. Grande. “Everything must be done to avoid civilian casualties.”
For further information, please contact:
Iyad Nasr, Public Information Officer
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq