The U.N. human rights office has reported a “significant escalation” of Iraqi civilians being killed by Islamic State as they try to flee Mosul.

The report which was released on Thursday put the number of deaths at between 50 – 80 in an air strike on the Zanjili district on May 31.

“Credible reports indicate that more than 231 civilians attempting to flee western Mosul have been killed since 26 May, including at least 204 over three days last week alone,” the U.N. human rights office said in a statement.

Author: Yemi Olarinre