Fierce fighting guts hospital in Mosul
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.