People living in the city who try to prevent them placing snipers in their homes and those suspected of leaking information or trying to flee are also being murdered, Ravina Shamdasani said. The offensive to free Mosul of IS mil.
"We have seen the whole organization collapsing in terms of standing in the face of our own armed forces", al-Abadi said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Human Rights Watch meanwhile said on Tuesday that an Iraqi government or US-led coalition air strike targeting IS militants south of Mosul last month had hit a medical facility and killed eight civilians, including five children.
The Iraqi prime minister said the decision to call on Mosul's residents to stay in the city during the operation was meant to avoid a humanitarian disaster as an influx of displaced people could have arrived at camps outside of the city at freezing temperatures during the winter had they been urged to leave their homes.
The luckier ones trudged past the facility in eastern Mosul, looking for shelter. Iraqi forces control roughly a tenth of the city proper. Gen. Haider Fadhil of the special forces said his men on Monday advanced farther in the large and densely populated neighborhood of Zohour.
"A group from the Daesh terrorist gang tried to infiltrate Samarra and forces confronted them and killed them", the Joint Operations Command said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Another five suicide auto bombs exploded when his men fired at them before they reached their targets, he added.
A healthcare worker said militants had forcibly taken over an office at the clinic and that several had been there at the time of the attack, along with about 50 patients.
The special forces also reached the Masarif neighborhood in the northeast of the city. They have sent hundreds of auto bombs to delay the approaching troops, deployed snipers on rooftops and rained down mortar shells onto residential neighborhoods.
Dr Marwan Ghafuri said that the hospital, the main triage centre for trauma cases from the Mosul, would continue to struggle as the offensive continues over the coming months.
"The problem here is we have not enough beds in the emergency (room)", he said.
"The reason is we were operating before in areas without residents", Asadi told Reuters in Bartella, on Mosul´s outskirts. The military officially bans reporting on its numbers of killed and injured, although field medics have noted at least dozens.
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