150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul: UN

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 11:00:23
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150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul: UN

150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul: UN
The United Nations believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul's Old City where Islamic State extremists want to keep them as human shields, the UN humanitarian chief in Iraq said Friday.

The militants are shooting people who trying to flee, the UN humanitarian chief said, reports AP.

Since October, US-backed Iraqi forces have been battling IS militants in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The extremists now control only a handful of neighbourhoods in and around the Old City.

Lise Grande, the UN deputy special representative and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said that the United Nations expects the battle for the Old City to start "within days."

She said that "conditions in the Old City are desperate," with very little food and no clean water, and the UN expects almost everyone to try to get out - "probably 120,000 to 150,000 civilians."

Already, 860,000 people have fled Mosul, which was "beyond the worst case" scenario of 750,000 that the UN had planned for, Grande said.

There have been more than 7,000 gunshot wounds of people trying to leave districts still controlled by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIL, she said.
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