(INEW) – In February, Iraq and its international allies, including the US, commenced a military offensive to take control from ISIS of the western part of the city of Mosul, where hundreds of thousands of people live. The casualty tallies available from monitoring groups, as well as investigations by organisations present in the area, suggest that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas by all parties in this battle has caused considerable numbers of civilian deaths and injuries. The monitoring group Airwars, a member of INEW, has for example reported a near four-fold increase in March of reports of civilian casualties from international coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, due significantly to action in Mosul.