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At least 20 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Iraq’s Mosul

At least 20 Iraqi civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the so-called US-led coalition in the northern parts of Mosul’s Old City, a report says.

According to Arabic-language al-Forat news agency, the air raid, which was conducted on al-Farouq and Hazir al-Sadeh districts on Sunday, also injured 25 other people.

The death toll is one of the highest in the military campaign led by the United States against what are said to be the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s targets. The US and some of its allies have been engaged in the campaign since June 2014. Airstrikes by the coalition have done little to dislodge the terror outfit and have on numerous occasions claimed many civilian lives and inflicted damage on the Iraqi infrastructure.

On Thursday, the Pentagon acknowledged that at least 105 civilians had lost their lives in a US airstrike on Mosul in March 17. Iraq’s Kurdish-language Rudaw television network, however, raised the death toll to 237 at the time.

Late last month, the US also said at least 352 civilians had been killed in its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, but rights groups provided a higher toll.

Meanwhile, other reports coming out of Mosul said that Daesh terrorists had executed at least 12 civilians at a hospital in the war-wracked city. According to army officials, Daesh then torched the medical center after it was besieged by Iraqi troops.

Separately, the Popular Mobilization Units announced that they had managed to liberate the Qahtanieh area, located in the vicinity of al-Ba’aj town, from the grips of Daesh. They added that the liberation became possible after Iraqi forces, backed by the air force, attacked the strategic area.