A member of the Nineveh Province council has revealed that Islamic State (IS) hides heavy weapons in mosques and churches in Mosul to avoid air strikes.
Hanin Ghado said in a press conference on 29th April that IS insurgents mostly settle in the densely populated areas of Mosul to hide themselves among civilians, and they use mosques and churches to store heavy weapons.
Ghado said, “They use the mosques and churches because they know that the coalition jets won’t shell holy locations.
“The insurgents move heavy weapons and conduct operations under the cover of night to stay out of sight of jets.”
Ghado also revealed, “Disputes among Mosul residents have increased because IS is forcing civilians to spy on each other.”
Since August 2014, international coalition jets have shelled IS positions and destroyed weapon caches regularly, as part of an international military campaign to degrade and defeat the jihadists.