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Civilians flee as strikes pound last of IS-held Mosul

2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, July 02 2017 Jul 2, 2017 July 02, 2017 11:05 AM July 02, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi forces say hundreds of civilians are fleeing Mosul as airstrikes pound the last pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group. 

Iraqi special forces Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi says Sunday civilians - mostly women and children - are fleeing the city.

Dozens were injured, many with shrapnel wounds. After a strike, others appeared covered in dust. One woman collapsed, apparently from dehydration. 

Civilians trapped inside the under-siege Old City - where temperatures have soared to 45 degrees Celsius - have suffered water and food shortages for months.

Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake the Old City in mid-June. The dense neighborhood is IS' last stand in Iraq's second-largest city. Iraqi officials say they'll declare victory in Mosul within days.

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