MOSUL: An airstrike by the US-led coalition operating against Islamic State militants near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul hit a van in a hospital compound parking lot and may have killed civilians, the US military. A van carrying Isis fighters was targeted and hit in the airstrike, the Combined Joint Strike Force said in a statement. “The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties,” it said.
Earlier this month, the US said it had targeted a hospital complex in Mosul which was being used by Isis fighters. In the past two years airstrikes from US, Russian and Saudi planes have hit hospitals in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, and caused many civilian casualties. Fighting continued in eastern Mosul on Thursday, as Iraqi troops backed by airstrikes and artillery broke a two-week lull in fighting with a multi-pronged assault. Elite special forces pushed into the Karama and Quds neighbourhoods while army troops and federal police advanced into the Intisar, Salam and Sumor neighbourhoods. Agencies