Thousands Flee West Mosul As Fighting Intensifies

Thousands Flee West Mosul As Fighting Intensifies
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Thousands of civilians has fled Mosul overnight due to the fierce battles between Iraqi security forces and ISIL fighters, as medical workers warned that women and children have been exposed to toxic gas near the city.

Iraq’s interior ministry said on Friday that 14,000 people fled the northern Iraqi city on Thursday alone and it is considered the largest wave of internally displaced people (IDPs) since a US-backed operation on west Mosul was launched on February 19.

The total number of IDPs who fled western Mosul since the start of the military push has reached 46,000, the ministry said.

Maj. Saif Ali, who is stationed in Mamun, said huge crowds of civilians began pouring into the area from neighboring districts just after midnight. Ali said civilians in western Mosul are becoming increasingly desperate as food and water supplies begin to run out.

“In total 7,000 people fled through this area last night,” he said. “We were up all night trying to control the crowds.”

 

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