Iraqi volunteer forces retake more areas in Nineveh from Daesh
02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:14
They included women and children, some of them carrying bags, small suitcases or waving white flags.
The figure does not include the thousands of people rounded up in villages around Mosul and forced to accompany Islamic State fighters to cover their retreat towards the city as human shields. The pause also allowed the residents running out of food in areas liberated from IS to get some supplies from Iraqi troops and aid organizations. Chaos broke out in one neighbourhood, where residents climbed on top of the trucks and began helping themselves.
Maj.Gen. Sami al-Aridi tells The Associated Press Sunday that his special forces are searching homes in areas captured from IS, looking for militants and vehicles rigged to be used in suicide bombings.
The troops are facing fierce resistance from Daesh militants - from sniper fire to suicide bombers.
In the newly liberated areas, roads are blocked by auto wrecks and sandbags, and tanks are deployed on wider streets.
The arrival of the troops at the neighborhood's fringes prompted hundreds of civilians to seek safety behind army lines.
Iraqi officials have said the plan is to take the entire eastern short of the Tigris River, which flows though Mosul, before advancing across the river to contest the rest of the city.
On Thursday, cloudy skies over Iraq's second-largest city had obscured the visibility of the drones and warplanes on which the troops rely, hindering their advance. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Earlier this week, the militias announced the capture of the Tal Afar air base.
Some 60,000 people have been displaced from Mosul because of the fighting, according to United Nations estimates. "We are working as quickly as we can and in close coordination with Iraqi authorities to help some of the most at-risk people in the world".
Four civilians were killed and four others were wounded, Fadel said.