Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, urged warring parties in Iraq to spare the lives of civilians and not use them as hostages or human shields during the military’s efforts to dislodge Islamic State militants from Mosul.
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, urged warring parties in Iraq to spare the lives of civilians and not use them as hostages or human shields during the military’s efforts to dislodge Islamic State militants from Mosul. Hadi Mizban AP
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, urged warring parties in Iraq to spare the lives of civilians and not use them as hostages or human shields during the military’s efforts to dislodge Islamic State militants from Mosul. Hadi Mizban AP

The battle for Mosul has barely begun, but the civilian toll is already being tallied

October 17, 2016 6:22 PM