Alleged-civilian-torture-by-Shiite-militias-complicates-fight-for-Fallujah. BAGHDAD, The United Nations has warned against sectarian violence in Iraq after accusations Shiite militias tortured captured civilians fleeing the besieged Fallujah.
The Iraqi government has been urged to investigate whether Shiite militias committed torture that reportedly led to the deaths of at least four people. BBC News reported others are in critical conditions in local hospitals.
About 600 civilians are believed to have been held as Iraqi government forces fought against the Islamic State in the Fallujah suburb of Saqlawiya. Shiite militias have previously been accused of committing abuses against Sunni civilians while helping the Iraqi government fight the mostly Sunni Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.
“They’ve intended to kill us. They accused us of being Daesh. I have nothing to do with Daesh,” a civilian said in a video.
“The people of Fallujah have suffered immensely under Daesh. Many of them are on the move, further risking their lives to escape the terrorist group and the fighting, and are desperately in need of safe shelter. They should not be subjected to further suffering and intimidation,” U.N. Special Representative for Iraq Jan Kubis said Sunday.
The government said Shiite militias will not join the final assault on Fallujah as to decrease fears over sectarian violence.