Over 5,000 Iraqi civilians have fled their homes in western Mosul as Iraqi forces are trying to push ISIS terrorists from the northern regions of the strategic city.
“Iraqi forces have evacuated around 5,200 civilians from western Mosul in the past 24 hours,” military officer Jabbar Hassan said on Sunday.
Hassan said the fleeing of civilians from Mosul’s western side was still continuing.
“We expect a surge in the numbers of displaced people as our forces pushed deep into populated areas in western Mosul,” he said.
According to a UN report, nearly 750,000 civilians in western Mosul are facing a serious humanitarian crisis.
Iraqi forces, backed by popular forces, began an operation back in October to free Mosul from ISIS terrorists, who overran the key city since mid-2014. In mid-February, they began fresh operations aimed at pushing ISIS terrorists from western Mosul.
Meanwhile, ISIS has targeted civilians trying to escape areas under its control in Iraq, and many were killed by landmines planted by the group to stop civilians from fleeing.
Earlier this month, a spokesman of the Iraqi government said over four million people had been displaced inside Iraqi since ISIS emerged in the Arab country in 2014.
He also said that the Iraqi government has spent 300 billion dinars to cater for refugees.