UN: ISIL executes civilians en masse in Iraq

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ISIL fighters have reportedly shot and killed scores of civilians in Mosul in recent days, the United Nations has said, as it confirmed the discovery of a mass grave in the nearby town of Hammam al-Alil in which more than 100 bodies were found. In a brief published on Friday detailing a series of ISIL executions and abuses,  the UN's human rights office said that 40 people were killed by the armed group on Tuesday for "treason and collaboration" with Iraqi forces and their allies closing in on the city during a major military push.

"I've been in Erbil since the beginning of this military operation to retake the city of Mosul and we have documented hundreds of executions by ISIL," Belkis Wille, a spokeswoman for Human Rights Watch (HRW), told Al Jazeera from Erbil. "We are not surprised, unfortunately, to see mass graves like this one [in Hammam al-Alil]; it definitely is not the only one."

The UN also said it had gathered evidence that teenagers and young boys were being used by ISIL as suicide bombers during the offensive, while young girls and women were being sexually exploited by the armed group's fighters. "Since 27 October, ISIL has been relocating abducted women, including Yazidi women, into Mosul city and into Tel Afar town," the human rights body said in its brief. "

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