Mortar Fire Killed Civilians in Mosul; 74 Killed in Iraq

The number of victims believed to occupy a mass grave in Hammam al-Alil has risen by 200 dead. When the site was first discovered, authorities believed the grave could contain 100 bodies, but there had also been earlier reports that over 200 hundred people were killed. The men are believed to be former security personnel.

Shi’ite militiamen reported capturing the airport near Tal Afar. Also freed were the villages of Mabzali, Marisheh, Ram Hajareh al-Sofla, and Tal al-Savan.

In Mosul, heavy fighting took place in the Tahrir district, which may have been captured. Authorities say that Aden and Bakr neighborhoods were freed. Azba was also liberated. UNICEF arrived in Gogjiali with enough supplies to maintain 30,000 people for a month.

Tal Akoub was also cleared of militants.

Although Iraqi authorities resist releasing even civilian casualty figures, they are occurring. Foreign medics are handling some of the injured, which includes children.

At least 74 people were killed and 34 were wounded:

In Mosul, mortars killed a child and wounded five others in Tahrir; at least seven more people were wounded. Fourteen people were killed and seven were wounded in a mortar attack on Zuhur. In Shaimaa, mortars killed 17 people and wounded seven more. A suicide bomber disabled a tank, but there were no reported casualties. Fifteen militants were killed in Salam and Scheherazade. An airstrike killed eighteen militants in Wahda.

Five suicide car bombers attacked a base in Ramadi, where they killed three soldiers and wounded eight more.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.