Civil­ians flee as strikes pound last of IS held Mo­sul

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

MO­SUL, Iraq — Iraqi forces say hun­dreds of civil­ians are flee­ing Mo­sul as airstrikes pound the last pock­ets of ter­ri­tory held by the Is­lamic State group.

Iraqi spe­cial forces Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridis­ays Sun­day civil­ians — mostly women and chil­dren — are flee­ing the city.

Dozens were injured, many with shrap­nel wounds. Af­ter a strike, oth­ers ap­peared cov­ered in dust. One woman col­lapsed, ap­par­ently from de­hy­dra­tion.

Civil­ians trapped inside the un­der-siege Old City — where tem­per­a­tures have soared to 45 de­grees Cel­sius — have suf­fered wa­ter and food short­ages for months.

Iraqi forces launched the op­er­a­tion to re­take the Old City in mid-June. The dense neigh­bour­hood is IS’ last stand in Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city. Iraqi of­fi­cials say they’ll de­clare vic­tory in Mo­sul within days.

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