Dozens of civilians killed in Mosul air strikes: Iraqi officials

Smoke rises from a neighbourhood in west Mosul, during an offensive by the Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 24, 2017

Air strikes carried out in recent days have killed dozens of civilians in west Mosul, where Iraqi forces are battling jihadists, officials said on Saturday.

Bashar al-Kiki, the head of the Nineveh provincial council, said that "dozens" of bodies were still buried under rubble in the city, while provincial governor Nawfal Hammadi said that more than 130 civilians had been killed.

It was not possible to independently confirm the tolls from the strikes in Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province and Iraq's second city.

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