Middle East Iraqi forces liberate more Mosul neighborhoods as displacement figures double

Iraqi forces liberate more Mosul neighborhoods as displacement figures double
A member of Iraqi security forces inspects a house in the Intisar district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 31, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Khalid al Mousily)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – In the 12th week of the Mosul military operation, the Iraqi security forces advanced further amidst the increase of civilians’ displacement.

In the first week of the Mosul operation, the Iraqi forces took control of several new neighborhoods and areas in the eastern side of Mosul.

By Wednesday, they liberated al-Wahda and Mithaq neighborhoods and Mosul’s industrial zone from the Islamic State (IS) militants after entering the areas on Tuesday, The Iraqi Federal Police reported.

The Iraqi security forces launched the second phase of the Mosul operation from three fronts on Dec 29, 2016, after the operation was stalled for several weeks.

Moreover, The Iraqi War Cell in a statement said that the Iraqi Counter Terrorism forces were able to enter al-Taamim neighborhood and retake the Exhibition Area and shopping center.   

According to the Iraqi security sources, 10 neighborhoods have been liberated by the Iraqi forces since the start of the second phase of the operation.

Elsewhere, Nawfal al-Hamadi, the Mosul Governor warned of a serious humanitarian crisis in Mosul stating that the displacement of civilians is on rise and most of the camps are already overcrowded as more Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arrive at the shelters.

The UN refugee agency said that since the beginning of the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016, nearly 130,000 people have been displaced.

The number is on rise as the displacement numbers have doubled to 2300 individuals on daily basis from 1600 over the last few days, Reuters reported.



Editing by Ava Homa