Iraqi forces remain on the verge of Mosul held by ISIS. Fighters meet landmines and road-blocking boulders when they are moving to the key city.
The troops are in hundreds of metres of Mosul. Currently, this is the closest since the launch of the operation, which began two weeks ago to wrest the city from more than two years of rule by ISIS.
Experts and officials said that the entrance of troops in Mosul, likely to cause violent fighting, and that it expected the battle that will be fought from street to street or even house to house. The plan is to squeeze ISIL fighters from different directions, say commanders. But reported that the militant group is covered by thousands of civilians - mostly women and children in Mosul as human shields raise serious concerns that there may be a large number of victims among the civilian population.
Special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the prevention of genocide, Adam Dieng, said he condemned "in the strongest terms the continued, absolute disregard for international human rights and international humanitarian law." Referring to the kidnapping and execution of the ISIS of a large number of civilians and use human shields, he said in his statement that needs to be brought to justice the perpetrators of war crimes.
At the same time, Turkey sent tanks and bulldozers from Ankara to the South-Eastern part of the city near the Iraqi border, according to a statement from the Turkish military. Defense Minister of Turkey said that they were used to combat terrorism, reports State news Agency Anadolu.
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