Islamic State (ISIS) militants are using a new method to prevent residents from escaping areas still under their control in western Mosul, an Iraqi military expert said.
Iraqi military expert Muaeed Jiheshy told NRT on Sunday (May 28) that militants are using iron plates and roof panels in neighborhoods in order to alert them to civilians trying to escape ISIS-controlled areas of Mosul.
“The plates and the roof panels make a sound whenever civilians are on them and this would then inform ISIS militants that civilians are attempting to escape,” Jiheshy said.
“Anybody who has been caught during an attempted escape would be shot dead in the area so as to threaten others who think of escaping,” he continued.
The military expert also stated that Iraqi forces and counter-terrorism forces should launch immediate attacks on Mosul’s Old City because delaying the liberation of the area is not in the interest of civilians there.
Iraqi forces began on Saturday (May 27) a fresh offensive to regain areas still under the control of ISIS in western Mosul.
The United Nations said up to 200,000 people might flee Mosul as Iraqi forces continue their operations to dislodge ISIS militants in western Mosul.
Nearly 700,000 people have been displaced in Mosul since the start of the Mosul campaign in October 2016, seeking refuge either with their friends and relatives or in camps.
ISIS militants captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, when they swept across the country’s north in the summer of 2014. Iraqi forces have gradually clawed back territory since then, and launched a massive operation to retake Mosul in October last year.