Battle rages as Iraq’s Mosul civilians run for their lives

April 1, 2017 | By | Reply More

Iraqi Mosul’s war to drive the ISIS from its last strongholds in western Mosul left devastating humanitarian tragedy with every advance by Iraqi forces, every missile rained down by coalition aircraft, a flood of Iraqi civilians hits the streets.

iraqiA question of waiting between salvos there are few, if any, breaks that make it obvious when to run, so the Iraqi civilians are simply running from Mosul whenever they can.

Western Mosul in the mostly residential Mosul Jidideh neighborhood, we saw desperate families start out right at daybreak.

Mosul Families carried their children and propped up their aging relatives, and they all crossed the war zone as quickly as they could along streets where the sounds of battle were all too close: a cacophony of gunfire, the dull thud of mortar rounds, the deafening roar of Islamic State car bombs and American airstrikes.

Everyone frantically asked which route was safe for them to escape.

One of the militants lay visible in the rubble near the crowd of silent refugees, his crumpled body almost camouflaged among the stone and twisted metal.

More than half-million people are still trapped in an ever-shrinking area of the city along with an estimated 2,000 remaining Islamic State fighters.

Families caught in a frightening crossfire. As Iraqi Special Forces unit have advanced, American and its allies airstrikes have at times leveled entire blocks including the one in Mosul Jidideh this month that residents said left more than 200 civilians dead.

At the same time, the Islamic State fighters have used masses of civilians as human shields, and have been indiscriminate about sniper and mortar fire.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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