Chaos erupts as Iraq de­liv­ers aid to Mo­sul

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MO­SUL | Chaos erupted Sun­day in eastern Mo­sul when hun­dreds of civil­ians over­whelmed aid trucks dis­tribut­ing food and water.

The Iraqi gov­ern­ment has called on Mo­sul res­i­dents to stay in their homes dur­ing the op­er­a­tion to re­take the city from the Is­lamic State, hop­ing to avoid large-scale dis­place­ment. But as progress on the ground slows, hun­dreds of thou­sands are stuck with dwin­dling food and water sup­plies.

The Iraqi gov­ern­ment on Sun­day sent truck­loads of food, heat­ing oil and drink­ing water to res­i­dents in ar­eas re­taken from the Is­lamic State, but few of the trucks could make it to civil­ians trapped near front-line fight­ing.

“There is no jus­tice,” Abu Ahmed said dur­ing a chaotic dis­tri­bu­tion in the Samah neigh­bor­hood on the eastern edge of Mo­sul. “Some peo­ple took so many bags of food and oth­ers got noth­ing.”

While the trucks bore ban­ners iden­ti­fy­ing them as dis­tribut­ing aid on be­half of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, there were no gov­ern­ment or se­cu­rity of­fi­cials present in Samah dur­ing the melee that en­sued.

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