United Nations says 100000 civilians are trapped behind Daesh lines in Mosul

Randolph Lopez
June 18, 2017

Cars burnt and destroyed by clashes are seen on a street during a battle between Iraqi forces and ISIS militants, in Mosul, Iraq March 16, 2017.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay told media that "we are in touch with all countries that can help us".

Three years after they went missing, the government on Friday said that 39 Indian construction workers mostly from Punjab, who were taken hostage by Islamic State militants in Iraq's war-torn Mosul, were alive and "everything possible" was being done to ensure their safe return.

Iraqi forces on Tuesday reported progress in the US-backed campaign to dislodge Daesh from Mosul, announcing the capture of a district just north the city's historic center.

The U.N. refugee agency representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, said the Iraqi military must take great care because the risks for the civilian population from both the fighting and IS are vast.

"We know that ISIS moved them with them as they left. locations where the fighting was going on", he said, using another acronym for IS, which is also known as Daesh.

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The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.

The attempts of the Iraqi forces to eliminate ISIS are complicated not only with thousands of civilians being used as human shields in the densely populated areas, but also by the fact that this is urban warfare.

"They are surrounded by fighting on every side", he said, adding the Old City "is a very dense labyrinth, a maze of alleyways where fighting will have to be done on foot, house by house".

An estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle to retake the city began nine months ago.

To meet the immediate needs of the displaced, the UN Refugee Agency has built 13 camps so far in the area in northern Iraq, and has assisted more than half a million people.

Grande said there have been more than 7,000 gunshot wounds of people trying to leave districts still controlled by ISIL.

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