As the Islamic State group fights to defend Mosul, its last remaining stronghold in Iraq, it has massacred civilians fleeing the city and hung their bodies from electrical poles, the Kurdish Security Council said Friday.

According to the Council, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, killed 140 civilians who were fleeing the besieged city and hung their bodies on electrical poles in the neighborhoods of Eslah Zirai and Tanak on Monday and Tuesday. Some other bodies were taken to the frontline, the Council said in a series of tweets. The reports have not been independently confirmed.

The U.S. military joined the Iraq Army and Kurdish forces in an offensive to take back the northern city of Mosul in October, after the Islamic state controlled the city for two years. Nearly half a million civilians are still thought to be living in Mosul, which is under attack by Iraqi forces and coalition airstrikes.

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