Fierce fight­ing guts hospi­tal in Mo­sul

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

MO­SUL, Iraq (AP) — After weeks of airstrikes and ar­tillery fire, Mo­sul’s al-Salam hospi­tal is lit­tle more than a burnt-out shell. Re­taken from the Is­lamic State by Iraqi forces this month, the build­ing’s top floors were al­most com­pletely de­stroyed. The gar­dens around the com­plex are strewn with med­i­cal records and sup­plies. Bright blue hospi­tal bed­sheets hang from nearby trees.

Dur­ing the past month, U.S.led coali­tion planes dropped 25 bombs on the hospi­tal com­plex, ac­cord­ing to a Pen­tagon state­ment.

Since the Mo­sul op­er­a­tion was launched in Oc­to­ber, Iraqi forces have slowly clawed back about a third of the city.

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