June 3, 2017 / 5:08 PM / 4 months ago

Civilians killed while fleeing Islamic State in Mosul

A wounded displaced Iraqi man who fled from clashes, carries his child in western Mosul, Iraq, June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Dozens of dead bodies of civilians killed while fleeing an Islamic State-held neighbourhood in Mosul were lying on Saturday in a street close to the front line with Iraqi armed forces, a Reuters TV crew reported.

The bodies belonged to men, women and children. Bags in which they carried their belongings were strewn around the street leading out of the Zanjili districts, one of three still in the hands of Islamic State in Mosul.

Hundreds others managed to reach the government lines, some wounded and some carrying apparently dead bodies in blankets.

Reporting by Hamuda Hassan; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Ralph Boulton

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