Middle East

UN says Mosul attacks killed 11, including 4 aid workers

  • Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)

    Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)

    Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)

    Men wait in line for fuel distributions at Sewdinan Camp for the displaced near Khazer, Iraq on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of the advancing Iraqi forces. In a statement, it said at least 19 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December. (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations says two mortar attacks in the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week killed four aid workers and seven other civilians.

The U.N. mission said Thursday that the attacks occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday in eastern Mosul, where Iraqi troops are battling Islamic State militants. It says up to 40 other people were wounded in the attacks.

The U.N. did not identify the aid workers or provide their nationalities.

On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said Islamic State fighters are deliberately targeting civilians in areas they have lost to government forces. Iraq launched a major offensive in October to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city.