March 25, 2017 / 10:51 AM / 5 months ago

U.N. stunned by multiple civilian casualties in western Mosul

BAGHDAD, March 25 (Reuters) - The United Nations expressed profound concern on Saturday over reports of an incident in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul that caused a high number of civilian casualties.

"We are stunned by this terrible loss of life," Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.

Local officials and residents said on Thursday that dozens of people were buried in collapsed buildings after an air raid against Islamic State militants in the al-Aghawat al-Jadidah district triggered a huge explosion last week. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, Writing by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Julia Glover)

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