Kurdish Peshmerga forces secure over 300 Iraqi families displaced by Mosul clashes


Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Bashiqa. File photo

ARA News

On Wednesday, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces secured more than 300 families displaced by the ongoing violence in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

The families, that fled escalating clashes between the Iraqi troops and ISIS militants in Western Mosul, arrived to Peshmerga-held areas.

“Today over 300 families that escaped Mosul were secured by the Kurdish Peshmerga,” Iraqi army Colonel Thamer Abdullah told reporters.

“These civilians and thousands others have been suffering terrorist practices by ISIS. The radical group has been using civilians, including children, as human shields to impede the advance of the Iraqi forces into Western Mosul,” Col. Abdullah said.

After arriving at Peshmerga security checkpoints, the families were assisted by the Kurdish forces and transferred to the IDPs’ camps of the Qasr Serij in the Aydaniya area, in Nineveh province.

Over 320,000 civilians have been displaced from Western Mosul over the past few months, as the US-backed Iraqi troops started to close in on the final ISIS stronghold in the city.

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Affairs, more than 780,000 people have been displaced from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, since October 2016, when the US-backed local forces launched a major operation to retake Mosul from ISIS.

Reporting by: Salar Qasim | Source: ARA News

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