Lives of 100,000 Iraqi children ‘on the line’ as fighting continues in west Mosul

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An Iraqi girl from Mosul seen in the al-Hawl Camp in Syria's northeastern Hasakah governorate. Photo: ARA News

Geneva (UN) – Some 100,000 children remain in extremely dangerous conditions in western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city as fighting between Iraqi government’s forces and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) continues, the United Nations children’s agency today reported.

The UNICEF warned that “children’s lives are on the line” in Mosul.

“We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul,” said Peter Hawkins, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Iraq, in a statement.

Hawkins noted that boys and girls are being killed, injured and used as human shields as the fighting intensifies by the hour.

An estimated 100,000 girls and boys remain in extremely dangerous conditions in the Old City and other areas of west Mosul.

The UNICEF representative in Iraq called on all parties in west Mosul to keep children out of harm’s way at all times.

“Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals, clinics, schools, homes and water systems should stop immediately,” Hawkins said.

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