Iraq says more
than 150,000 fled west Mosul fighting
According to Iraq's
ministry of migration, 152,857 people have fled
west Mosul area since battle to recapture it
from Islamic State group began on February 19.
make their way into Hamam al-Alil camp on a
MOSUL - Iraqi authorities said Thursday
that more than 150,000 people have fled
fighting in and around west Mosul since
security forces launched an operation to
retake it from jihadists last month.
The International Organization for Migration
released displacement figures on Wednesday
indicating that nearly 100,000 had fled, but
those statistics included fewer people
residing outside of camps.
According to Iraq's ministry of migration
and displaced, 152,857 people have fled the
west Mosul area since the battle to
recapture it from the Islamic State group
began on February 19.
More than 98,000 are housed in camps, while
more than 54,000 are staying in areas that
have been recaptured from IS, the ministry
IS overran large areas north and west of
Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by
US-led air strikes have since retaken most
of the territory they lost.
Iraqi forces launched the operation to
recapture Mosul from IS in October, retaking
the east of the city before setting their
sights on the smaller but more densely
They have made steady progress against the
jihadists, retaking a series of
neighbourhoods and important sites including
the airport, the train station, Mosul museum
and the provincial government headquarters.
But the pace of the advance has been
periodically slowed by bad weather, which
makes air strikes more difficult and turns
dirt streets into avenues of thick mud.
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