The United Nations human rights chief says the ISIS executed 163 civilians last week to prevent them from fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the army is leading a counterterrorism operation.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al Hussein released the figure during an opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday.

“Yesterday, my staff reported to me that bodies of murdered Iraqi men, women, and children still lay on the streets of the al Shira neighborhood of western Mosul, after at least 163 people were shot and killed by ISIS to prevent them from fleeing,” he said, adding that there were also reports of missing people from the district.

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