Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that ISIS are targeting civilians who are refusing to fight with them against Iraqi forces who are liberating the city.
ISIS are “indiscriminately or deliberately killing and wounding people for refusing to be human shields,” said the report, which is based on interviews with fleeing residents of Mosul.
One of the witnesses, Ammar, told Human Rights Watch that ISIS rounded up civilians to make them fight against the Iraqi forces.
“They were coming door-to-door, saying, ‘Do you want to leave with us or not?’” said “Ammar,” who fled the eastern Mosul neighborhood of Intisar after being wounded in a ISIS mortar strike on December 5.
“We said we would not go with them and they said,…‘Whatever happens to you guys, you deserve it,’” he added.