An Iraqi man was gunned down by an ISIS sniper for accepting water from government troops, it has been claimed.
Shocking pictures show the victim in the marksman’s crosshairs moments after he had picked up plastic bottles from the back of a truck.
The Iraqi Army, which shared the images on its Twitter account, say the man was then shot dead. It is not yet clear where or when the pictures were taken, but government forces say they were originally released by ISIS.
They have been evacuating civilians as they fight to seize Mosul, once the hardline Sunni militant group’s main urban stronghold in Iraq and now the scene of a six-month-old battle.
But some families refuse to go, shrugging off the danger of a mortar fired two blocks away or a counter-attack from the militants who move around at night.
Almost 300,000 people have fled Mosul since the government offensive to recapture the city began in October, according to the United Nations.
U.S. officials estimated about 2,000 fighters were still in Mosul in February at the start of the second phase of the campaign, to dislodge them from western sector.
Iraqi forces have been edging closer to al-Nuri Mosque – some 300 meters away – where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate nearly three years ago across territory controlled by the group in both Iraq and Syria.
But the front has hardly moved in past two weeks as Humvees or tanks are of no use in the Old City.