Police: troops control 30% of last IS-held district near Mosul’s Old City

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police is seen on an armoured vehicle at the frontline in western Mosul, Iraq May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Mosul ( Iraqi government forces on Friday took control over 30 percent of the last district held by Islamic State militants near western Mosul’s Old City, the Federal Police chief said.

Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat said his troops took over 30 percent of al-Shifa district, north of the Old City. He said Islamic State members are currently entrenching inside booby-trapped alleyways and shoots at the forces from afar, and dozens were killed as police artillery and rocket launchers continue to bombard their locations in al-Shifa and Bab al-Toub areas.

Jawdat said the forces also continued to evacuate dozens of civilians from the battlefield.

On Friday, the United Nations refugee agency’s representative in Geneva, Bruno Geddo, said that at least 100.000 civilians were held by IS militants in the Old City, deprived of basic means of living and shot once attempting to flee.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, regained control over eastern Mosul in January, and aimed at western Mosul since mid February. Military commanders suggest IS are controlling less than four square kilometers in western Mosul.

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  1. Iraqi sources say that about 100.000 civilians are still trapped in the Old City of Mosul. Can someone tell me how this big number of civilians can stay on an area that comprises only a bit more than 3 km².
    Physically impossible. Of Course, in correspondence to this horro Scenario international Food and medical aid will flow into the town in abundance. Let us see, what we will find later on on the parallel (black) markets. Thousand of sacks with wheat flower, sugar carton, milk powder, rice sacks and other cereals, thousands of tins of cooking oil, etc…….

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