Chaos erupts as Iraq delivers aid to Mosul
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.