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  • are offered by United Nations figures.
  • the fighting focused on the western part of the city.
  • in all, 279,000 people have had to flee their homes since the beginning of the military operation against the jihadist group in October 2016.

 fighting in Mosul, Iraq

United Nations coded Monday more than 198,000 displaced civilians because of the offensive by the security forces of Iraq against the Islamic State jihadist group in Western in the Iraqi town of Mosul.

the Deputy spokesman of the General Secretariat of the United Nations, Farhan Haq indicated that the military operations in the city, which pulled out in October 2016, have moved a total of 279,000 people. “is being given assistance to displaced persons and persons residing in the areas recently recovered (from the hands of jihadists) to which there is access”, stated during a press conference.

the week after, Minister of migration and displacement, the Yaf Yassem Mohamed, said that 181,000 people have been displaced by the offensive, adding that in total have been displaced 355,000 people by operations in the city.

Islamic State controls Mosul since the summer of 2014, and has become its main bastion in Iraq. The security forces launched an offensive in October to try to recover the city. Virtually surrounded by

at the end of January, the army of Iraq announced the taking of all the districts of Mosul located east of the Tigris River, while jihadists continue controlling the Western City area .

the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider to the Abadi ordered on 19 February restart of the offensive against jihadists in the West of the city, asking his troops that “ respect for human rights”.

militiamen jihadists are virtually surrounded in the western part of Mosul, where is still about 750,000 civil after the takeover of the eastern part of the city last January after more than three months of fighting.

a 400,000 civilians might have to flee their homes as a result of the fighting in the West of Mosul, already hard hit by food and fuel shortages, as warned on Saturday the humanitarian coordinator of the United Nations for Iraq, Lise Grande.

in Western Mosul is the historical district with souks centenarians, official buildings and the mosque from which the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr to the Baghdadi, proclaimed the Caliphate in 2014.