Residents return to Iraq's Hammam al-Alil after its recapture from ISIS

November 13, 2016 16:31
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Hundreds of Iraqis who recently returned to the town of Hammam al-Alil, southeast of Mosul, after its recapture from Islamic State receive aid and food packages on Sunday (November 13).

The men, women and children waited in line to receive fruits and vegetables as well as non-perishable items from Federal Police forces.

"Our financial situation is bad, but these good people brought us food. People were hungry, they were starving. They had no work, no salaries, nothing," one local, Najma Ali, said on life after ISIS.

A mass grave with over 100 bodies found in Hammam al-Alil was one of several Islamic State killing grounds, UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Friday (November 11). She cited testimony gleaned from sources including a man who had survived an execution of some 50 former Iraqi soldiers by playing dead.

The militants reportedly transported 1,600 abducted civilians from Hammam al-Alil to Tal Afar before its recapture, possibly for use as human shields against air strikes, and told some they may be taken to Syria. They also reportedly took 150 families from Hammam al-Alil to Mosul.

Many buildings in the town have been damaged or destroyed in the fighting.

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