Over 300,000 displaced by fighting in Iraq's Mosul: IOM
April 06,2017 By:Xinhua
GENEVA, April 6, 2017 -- Some 304,000 individuals have been forced to flee the Iraqi town of Mosul since a military campaign to recapture the city from Islamic State (IS) militants kicked off in October 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported Tuesday.
While eastern parts of Mosul were freed in January this year after more than 100 days of intense fighting against IS combatants, a second military campaign initiated by Baghdad in February has led to increased displacement as government troops conduct operations to regain control of heavily-populated western parts of the city.
IOM indicated that more than 189,000 men, women and children have been displaced by ongoing clashes in west Mosul between Feb. 25 and April 2.
The UN estimated last month that around 750,000 people were trapped in western parts of the northern Iraqi city, where IS has reportedly been using civilians as human shields.