Mosul: Iraqi forces press ahead in Old City push

The Iraqi army says it hopes to capture the last ISIL enclaves outside Mosul’s Old City in the next 72 hours, as fighting continued on the second day of a new push to drive the armed group from its remaining pockets in its stronghold in Iraq.

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Security forces and their allies on Saturday ramped up an operation that began seven months ago, launching an assault from three fronts to close in on ISIL positions in the neighbourhoods of Shifa, Zinjili and Saha.


“Although the UN is not present in the areas where fighting is occurring, we have received very disturbing reports of families being shut inside booby-trapped homes and of children being deliberately targeted by snipers,” Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said in a statement on Saturday.



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