ISIL has been using women and children as human shields in the Western part of Mosul, field sources said, adding that the terrorist group is also using suicide attacks by means of vehicles loaded with incendiary materials to slow down Iraqi forces’ advances in the city.
Spokesman for Nineveh province’s volunteer forces Mohammad Sourchi said that the ISIL has stationed its snipers on the roof of buildings in the Western part of Mosul, including al-Thowra and al-Tonk neighborhoods, adding that each group of snipers is accompanied by female hostages that are used as human shields in order to deter government troops’ military attacks on ISIL snipers and buildings.
He further added that ISIL captures women and children and forces them to accompany them street by street to shield themselves against hostile fire.
Sourchi went on to say that ISIL has started using a large volume of incendiary materials in bomb-laden vehicles in suicide attacks to stop the government troops’ advances.
In the meantime, ISIL is using explosive-laden tankers with a large volume of bitumen to spread fire in larger areas after explosion.
Reports said earlier today that the ISIL terrorist group carried out another chemical attack in a recently-liberated area in Western part of Mosul in Nineveh province to push back Iraqi government forces in the group’s de facto capital.
According to reports, at least six Iraqi soldiers suffered inhalation problems following a chemical attack launched by ISIL on Sunday which occurred in a recently-liberated area of Mosul, where the Federal Police and Rapid Response forces are advancing towards the old city.
The Spokesman for the Joint Operation Command in Iraq, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, said that six soldiers suffered breathing problems from the ISIL attack, adding that the victims are now being treated at a field clinic.
Meanwhile, Iraqi security sources disclosed that missiles loaded with chlorine were fired at al-Abar neighborhood, injuring at least seven troops.