Middle East 600,000 civilians trapped in western part of Mosul

600,000 civilians trapped in western part of Mosul
A member of the Iraqi rapid response force carries his weapon during a battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, March 11, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Iraqi security forces on Sunday announced 30 percent of the western side of Mosul had been retaken from the Islamic State (IS) extremists.

The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force and the Federal Police stated nearly 30 percent of western Mosul was liberated, as the security forces continue their advance to retake other parts of the city from IS insurgents.

According to the Iraqi security sources, out of 40 neighborhoods in western Mosul, 17 are currently under the control of the Iraqi forces, Reuters reported.

The report revealed there were nearly 600,000 civilians trapped in the areas controlled by IS extremists as their areas were besieged by Iraqi troops.

The Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive on Sunday from three sides to retake an old neighborhood in Mosul.

The area includes the historic Hadba’a Minaret and the Nuri mosque, where Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi declared the IS caliphate.

Iraq’s state media announced security forces had surrounded the IS extremists from three fronts in Dawasa, Nabi Sheet, and al-Agedat toward the old city of Mosul, entering the first neighborhood on Saturday.

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Saturday reported nearly 12,000 people had fled from western Mosul within the past 24 hours.

On Oct. 17, 2016, the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces launched a military operation to retake Mosul from IS, the second-largest city in the country.

Since then, the eastern part of the city has been freed and clashes to liberate the western side are ongoing.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany