Demand the US and Iraq protect civilians from airstrikes
Hundreds of Iraqi civilians have been killed inside their homes and in places where they sought refuge, after they were told to stay there by the Iraqi government during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS).
Shockingly, it looks like a large number of these deaths were caused by US-led coalition airstrikes, which Iraqi forces take part in organising - yet survivors and eyewitnesses in East Mosul said they did not try to flee because the Iraqi authorities repeatedly told them to stay in their homes.
This suggests the US and Iraqi governments did not take proper care to prevent civilian deaths – resulting in an appalling number of casualties.
This activity points to an alarming pattern of US-led coalition airstrikes that have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside over recent months. It cannot continue.
Act now and sign the petition to demand that the US-led coalition and Iraqi government launch an immediate and full investigation into the horrific death toll resulting from this operation – and prevent future civilian deaths.