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UN accuses ISIL of mass executions
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The United Nations condemned on Monday "appalling, widespread" crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes.
 
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned "grave, horrific human rights violations" being committed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a extremist group which has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West.
 
Up to 670 prisoners from Badush prison in the city of Mosul were killed by ISIL on June 10, Pillay said in a statement quoting survivors and witnesses to the "massacre" as telling UN human rights investigators.
 
"Such cold-blooded, systematic and intentional killings of civilians, after singling them out for their religious affiliation, may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity," Pillay said.
 
ISIL loaded 1,000 to 1,500 prisoners from the jail on to trucks and took them for screening, Pillay said. Sunni inmates were then separated and removed.
 
"ISIL gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire," she said.
 
 
Wave of attacks in Iraq kills at least 43 people
 
Iraqi officials said a wave of attacks targeting commercial areas in and outside Baghdad killed a total of 43 people.
 
They say the deadliest of Monday's bombings was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew up himself among Shia worshippers who were leaving a mosque after noon prayers in the capital's eastern New Baghdad area, killing at least 15 people and wounding 32 others.
 
That was followed by back-to-back car bombings in cities south of Baghdad. In Karbala, the explosion killed 12 civilians and wounded 31 others. In Hillah, two car bombs went off in separate areas, killing 11 people and wounding 26 others. Five others were also killed in two separate attacks in Baghdad.
 
Medical officials confirmed the causality figures, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
 
Iraq's prime minister-designate called on the countries numerous Shia militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently on Monday, adding that discussions between political rivals to form a new government were "constructive and positive."
 
"We will never allow any armed group to operate outside of the framework of the state," al-Abadi told reporters at the presidential palace in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. "They all should be within the state framework and under the control of the security forces," said al-Abadi.
 
Also Monday, separate attacks in Baghdad killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens.
 
 

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