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Iraq: Speaker voices concern over Mosul airstrike

  • Relatives and friends bury the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Relatives and friends bury the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives and friends bury the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Relatives and friends bury the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man sits next to the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    A man sits next to the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

Iraq's parliament speaker has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group.

In tweets published on his official account, speaker Salim al-Jabouri said Saturday "we realize the huge responsibility the liberating forces shoulder" and call on them to "spare no effort to save the civilians." Al-Jabouri is a prominent Sunni Muslim politician in Iraq.

It was unclear who carried out the airstrikes, but on Friday the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria said it was investigating the allegations. Residents reported two airstrikes hitting a residential area on March 13 and 17.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry has provided no immediate comment.