ISIS fighters reportedly shot dead more than 60 people this week and hung some of their bodies from poles after alleging they had collaborated with Iraqi troops, the United Nations said Friday.
The U.N. human rights office has raised alarm over hundreds of grotesque atrocities allegedly committed by ISIS as Iraqi forces have pushed their nearly month-long offensive to retake Mosul, the last extremist bastion in Iraq.
"On Tuesday, ISIS reportedly shot and killed 40 civilians in Mosul city after accusing them of 'treason and collaboration' with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF)," rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.
"The victims were dressed in orange clothes marked in red with the words: 'traitors and agents of the ISF'. Their bodies were then hung on electrical poles in several areas in Mosul city," she added.
Abu Saif, a resident of eastern Mosul, told AFP by telephone that he had seen bodies strung up in the city along with signs that read "agent" and "traitor".
He did not have an exact count of the total number of bodies, but said he saw between 30 and 40.
"The Daesh organisation gathered people in some of the streets of Mosul and publicly executed a number of people of various ages, some of them by gunfire and others by beheading," he said, using an Arabic name for ISIS.
According to the U.N., a 27-year-old man was reportedly killed in public in central Mosul Tuesday for using a mobile phone, which ISIS has banned in areas it controls.
And Wednesday, ISIS slaughtered another 20 people at the Ghabat Military Base in northern Mosul after accusing them of "leaking information," the U.N. statement said.
"Their bodies were also hung at various intersections in Mosul, with notes stating: 'decision of execution' and 'used cellphones to leak information to the ISF'", the statement added.
All of the killings apparently followed rulings by the so-called "courts" established by ISIS.
Conclusively verifying the details of massacres allegedly perpetrated by the extremists since the U.S.-backed Mosul offensive began, has been a challenge for U.N. investigators amid the chaos of the fighting and the threat of reprisals against sources.
Shamdasani said Friday that one recent source was a man who pretended to be dead during a massacre and contacted U.N. staffers after escaping. She did not specify which incident the man had survived.
Source: National News Agency