Middle East 12,000 civilians fled western Mosul in 24 hours: Iraqi government

12,000 civilians fled western Mosul in 24 hours: Iraqi government
Civilians escaping from Mosul to safe zones near the city. (Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Kurdistan24) – The Ministry of Displacement and Migration announced on Saturday tens of thousands of people had fled from western Mosul within 24 hours.

In the statement, the Ministry mentioned they had received 12,458 civilians from the newly liberated neighborhoods of western Mosul.

The arrival of thousands of civilians followed intense clashes between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) extremists in the area.

The Ministry also stated the civilians had been distributed to different Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps around Mosul, including Haj Ali in southern Mosul, Hassan Sham, and Jmkur near Erbil Province in eastern Mosul.

The offensive to liberate western Mosul from the extremist group has resulted in the displacement of thousands from the area, according to the Ministry.

Moreover, the Ministry on Sunday announced the arrival of 10,607 more civilians from Mosul increasing the total to 99,852 civilians who had fled western Mosul since the operation began against on Feb. 19.

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

So far, the security forces have liberated east and northern parts of the city as well as 50 percent of western Mosul.

After IS occupied Mosul in June 2014, the group expanded to other provinces in the country including Nineveh, Diyala, Salahaddin, Kirkuk, and Anbar.

Since then, the militants have suffered heavy defeats losing control of large swaths of territory.

The military operation to retake the entire city from the insurgent group is ongoing.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany