“Tragedy” inside Mosul as food runs out and the battle against ISIS drags on

 Hundreds of thousands of people who remain in this northern Iraqi city are belligerent to find food and safe drinking water as the protracted offensive against Islamic State militants batters their neighborhoods.

When the battle commenced seven weeks ago, aid agencies dreaded that an migration from the city would overwhelm already crowded camps. Instead, most people noticed government instruction to stay in their homes as security forces advanced.

Now many of those inhabitants experience dearth of basic services, with water supplies cut by the fighting, and U.N. and government aid deliveries unable to reach all of those in need. Some citizens are moving from neighborhood to neighborhood in search of food or to escape the bombardment.

Meanwhile, in zones still controlled by the Islamic State, a siege by security forces is gradually jerking, pushing up food prices and triggering shortages while the militants avert people from leaving.

Iraq is stressed to meet the needs of 3.2 million people moved over the past three years during fighting against the Islamic State. To limit the dislodgment from Mosul, the government airdropped brochures over the city asking civilians to stay put. 

But few commanders presume the battle to finish anytime soon, and the despair unfolding in Mosul is expected to deteriorate as winter sets in. For further details visit The Washington Post

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